Recruiting Updates 12-13-13
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Oh how times have changed since the last update (Recruiting Updates 12-5-13) At that time Easton Stick getting an offer from Rutgers was the top concern. Meanwhile the news of players coming in for visits during the playoff run was going to be a great way to showcase the University and program to some highly sought after athletes.
There were 4 athletes in town for the Furman game. Last update I mentioned Malauulu and Dunn but learned that weekend that Montana verbal David Reese was in town also. Reese is a big 6’7″ offensive tackle with good feet and plenty of room to fill out. Reese still feels Montana is his top choice but the trip to NDSU was a good experience. The good news didn’t stop there as I was able to confirm Jordan Williams from North Kansas City was also visiting and reported having an NDSU offer. This was the first time we have heard of Williams and good luck finding much info on him. But his highlights are impressive and he tells me he has numerous other offers. Crazy how players like Williams and Ryon’e Winters can go without any recruiting coverage and have so many MVFC offers.
Speaking of Winters, he was one of 5 players I mentioned last update that were scheduled to visit Fargo for the Quarterfinal matchup vs Coastal Carolina. After the Wyoming press conference 3 players told me they will not visit this weekend. Winters says he is pushing his trip back, while Malik Johns believes he will visit sometime in January. Daniel Vega canceled and shortly after gave Illinois State a verbal. Vega is a tough loss, but it wasn’t the only unofficial loss to Illinois State since Bohl’s announcement. They grabbed a big TE from Wisconsin in David Kornack and two players who at one point reported NDSU offers. Romel Hill the linebacker from the Chicago area choose Illinois State after an official visit. They also persuaded the once reported NDSU and UNI verbal, one time Michigan State walk on and current Arizona Western running back Marcus Horne to pick the Redbirds. Vega is the only real bummer here as NDSU was probably a top choice for him until the coaching shakeup.
A few other players gave verbals to other schools and some eliminated NDSU from consideration after getting BCS offers. Everything I am hearing and seeing on twitter from the current 13 verbals is positive. Easton Stick is still planning to attend NDSU, but also I would not be surprised if he takes all 5 of his official visits. Stick was yet another NDSU offeree that Illinois State came after as they offered this week along with UNI and Miami (OH)
This recruiting class will be really interesting. If all 13 of the current verbals stay together the class is already a winner. The exciting part will be who will be the final 13+ recruits to fill out the class. I see no reason to be concerned about Bohl or any of the coaches going with him trying to take any of the current verbals with them. There are a few athletes with offers to both NDSU and Wyoming and many with interest. Bohl has too much class to try to steal NDSU recruits, but the way Illinois State is circling NDSU verbals maybe he could go raid their 2014 class. What a fun parting gift that would be if he would cherry pick some of the other MVFC teams verbals over to Wyoming.
But there is no doubt that the longer there is not a head coached named and some assistants who are exclusively recruiting for NDSU, the more uncertainty there is going to be for the 2014 class. A third title in a row would be a great start to 2014, how they finish the last few weeks of recruiting for the 14 class will define how smoothly the transition happens.