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Easton Stick Q&A

Easton Stick Q&A

You went to Fargo last weekend for your official visit, how was your experience with the current players?
Being around the current guys was probably my favorite part of the weekend. I got to meet a lot of them on Saturday and they were all really accepting to all of us, they made us feel like we were already part of the team. I got to meet Carson and I am excited to learn from and compete with him.

There were 3 other verbals from that weekend. How was the time you spent with Blake, Dakota and Ryon’e?
We had a lot of fun together. I was the only commit coming into the weekend, but I still was wanting something that would make me confident and reaffirm my decision so really all of us had questions, but when we went back and hung out at our hotel Friday night we all knew that this was the place that we wanted to be and we are all really excited to get to play with each other. Those three guys are really good football players and I can’t wait to start working with them.

NDSU fans are really excited about Tim Polasek as the new OC. When did you first hear from him and what have your experiences with him been like?
I was able to talk with him on the phone last week before my visit. I had heard a lot of great things about him but I needed to find out for myself and after our first conversation I had with him I knew that building a relationship and ultimately playing for him was going to be easy and a lot of fun. He is exteremely passionate about the game of football, but more than that he wants his players to grow and succeed on and off the field. I am pumped to get to learn from him.

How much time did you spend with the new QB coach Randy Hedberg on your visit and what excites you about what he can teach you?
I actually got to meet Coach Hedberg earlier in the week before my visit. Him and Coach Riley came in and did a home visit so I was able to get to know him before I went up for my official. On my visit I spent a lot of my time with him. We had a couple of meetings where he laid out what he expects from his quarterbacks and we were able to watch some film too. He played quarterback and has been coaching quarterbacks his whole career. He has been in a lot of different systems and has coached a lot of different players. I just can’t wait to learn from his experience, he has so much he will be able to teach me about the game and about life.

Tell BisoNation about your high school and it’s football tradition. State Championships or other DI players?
Creighton Prep has the richest football tradition in the state. We’ve won 27 state championships at the highest class in the state. The winning tradtion reminds me a lot of NDSU. I’m coming from a place that expects to win and I understand what it is like to have high expectations and I think that having those same expectations at NDSU is a good thing. You know as soon as you walk on campus you are carrying on a tradition that is bigger than you
and I am excited to help carry on that tradition.

How excited are you to continue playing with RJ?
I’m really excited. RJ is probably the most competitive person I’ve ever met. It will be nice having a guy I can trust right away. He has bailed me out a lot on throws these last four years and I’m excited to continue getting the ball to a great playmaker

When did you first hear from NDSU and how many trips did you take to Fargo besides your official visit?
I don’t remember when I first heard from them exactly, but I think it was during my junior season. As far as visits, I went to camp in June and then came back later in the summer and I got to see the whole campus and the facilities. Then I came up for College Gameday and got to experience all of the excitement for that. I knew after that weekend that NDSU was the place I wanted to be.

There was a lot of media coverage on what you would or wouldn’t do after Bohl was hired by Wyoming. What questions did you need answered to confirm your commitment to NDSU?
The biggest thing for me was getting to know the guys who would be coaching me. I was worried that I was not going to be able to build a relationship in just a month before signing day, but once I was able to talk to coach Hedberg and coach Polasek I was put at ease. I was able to connect with them really well on my official and I couldn’t be more excited to play for them.

Did the coaches tell you whether they will redshirt you next year or do they expect you to come in and compete for a roster spot right away?
Nothing is for sure. I am going to come in and compete with these guys and see what happens. There are three really good QBs already there so I understand that there is going to be a lot of competition but I am going to prepare like I plan on starting next year.

Why do you want to play football and continue your education at NDSU?
NDSU is the place that is going to help me grow the most as a player and as a person. I love all of the coaches, the fan support is unmatched and they have high expectations for their teams. There is a winning culture at NDSU and the tradition is very strong. I just want to try and continue that tradition.

Do you know what you want to major in?
I’m not sure yet, maybe sports management or exercise science