Dakota was a stand-out at our Appleton and Rhinelander camps in 2022 and participated in the Northwoods Combine in 2023.

Stroud named to All-District Team

Dakota Stroud is a very versatile athlete from Little Wolf High School (Manawa, WI) — a senior kicker, punter, quarterback and safety.  Never leaving the field is quite a challenge, especially in the kicking game.

“I didn’t have much time on the sidelines to think about my kicks, but I was thinking what I was gonna do next …and if I did poorly on a kick, I’d look forward to the next.”

That’s a great attitude to take, especially when his team struggled in conference play, going 2-7 and missing the the WIAA playoffs. For a small school, in a tough conference (rival Stratford won the D6 State Championship), learning new schemes and missing key players throughout the year can change a whole season. That’s where special teams can often keep a team in the game.

When asked about how to handle kicking and punting after a long drive, Dakota’s advice is sound, “I really tried to steady my breathing and focus on the next play.”

Stroud broke the school record for number of touchbacks with 12 this year. He was awarded first team all conference kicker AND unanimous first team punter, as well as being named as the WIAA All-Region punter. 

Dakota twice made the MFKC Top Prospects List (in 2022 and 2023) and has participated in a number of camps with us. He’s currently being recruited for both his kicking and punting, and continues to develop even more power and distance on his kicks.

To view Dakota’s HUDL reel, just click this link > https://www.hudl.com/video/3/11374856/65314303b023740bbc5d24dc

“Dakota is a man after my own heart, playing QB, DB and punter and kicker  I did the same thing in high school and later played QB, K & P in college. I hope that he’ll find the right fit at a university where he can both punt and kick.” — Coach Farley

Coach Farley on Stroud: “Dakota has great form and really puts his entire body into every kick. He’s a great all-around athlete and as he continues to develop, I see him only getting bigger, stronger and better.”