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The last time I did Recruiting Updates the top story was that Kindred, ND’s Eric Bachmeier was offered by NDSU. This week we will start it off with Bachmeier again as he gave NDSU a verbal commitment. He is being recruited as an athlete, meaning they will evaluate him in fall camp to see where he fits best. Easiest projection is WR, but NDSU has 3 verbal commitments for the 2014 class in Lesure, Urzendowski and Hawkins. All 4 are athletic enough to produce on either side of the ball. I report the position the player or their coach tell me they are being recruited to play. Once in fall camp the Bison coaches will put the players in the spots where they can help the team the most.
Couple of interesting pieces reported today for NDSU offerees getting FBS offers. First was the news from Nate Clouse at Huskeronline.com reporting NDSU verbal Easton Stick picked up an offer from Rutgers. Clouse says Stick is still firm in his commitment to NDSU, but it still causes a few in BisoNation to squirm in their seat a little. With Rutgers joining the B1G next year, he would be the first ever player to pass on a B1G offer and play at NDSU. But beyond that, if Rutgers is coming in now………who is next? And that really goes for any verbal, they are just verbals. It’s rare NDSU verbals back out and chose a different school, but it is not impossible. Especially when you look at the type of athletes they are going after. The Rutgers offer is not going to be the last big offer to be thrown at those 13 who have already verbally committed. Nothing is certain until NLI day which is the first Wednesday in February. The other big news of the day is Casey McDermott Vai picked up an offer from TCU. This is his 1st from a BCS school, 2nd FBS offer (NIU) and 8th overall. He just got back from TCU last weekend for an official visit and has also taken a visit to Northern Illinois. Players are allowed 5 official visits and McDermott has not planned any other visits at this point.
Speaking of official visits there are 5 athletes who have told me they plan to visit next weekend for the quarterfinals. James Banks is an athletic linebacker that is not your usual NDSU recruit. He is from Oregon, but is currently playing at a JC in New Mexico and would have 4 years left to play 3 Meaning he would come in as a sophomore and have a redshirt available. Daniel Vega from Iowa also plans to visit that weekend. Vega is a very athletic big man who projects to play on the defensive line. He holds 6 other FCS offers and it is very surprising neither Iowa or Iowa State has offered yet. The other 3 players planning to visit bring some impressive speed. Ryon’e Winters is a very under the radar corner from the Kansas City area. Winters has offers from Missouri St and both the South Dakota schools. Calvin Smith is the first reported Florida athlete to schedule a trip to Fargo. Smith is from Orlando and has 8 reported offers. 247 narrowed his list to a final 3 that included NDSU, Georgia St and App St with a prediction that he will chose App St. It didnt take long for AJ Cooper’s hard work in Florida to pay off as Malik Johns also reports he will visit for a potential quaterfinal playoff game. Johns believes he is still being recruited as a WR even though NDSU has 3 or 4 (depending on Bachmeier) WR’s verbals already in the mix. But when you look at his tape you quickly understand he can play numerous places from RB to DB. So even though they have so many WR verbals, if the coaches have him rated highly they will take one more WR. To get any of these players on campus for a visit is a big win, now the program, school and game atmosphere will have to do the rest of the convincing. To get 2 of these 5 to commit will be a huge success.
Just saw that Tuscon defensive lineman Sidney Malauulu will take an official visit this weekend for the Furman game. Also have learned that Waterloo athlete Lance Dunn will join Malauulu this weekend in Fargo.