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Who Could It Be

by Dan Gunderson

One of the unfortunate things for North Dakota State University football as they go through the coaching change is the chance that 2014 recruits may go different directions. Some recruits may feel a special bond with the staff that has since moved on to Wyoming.

Others may feel a bond with the school more so than the coaching staff and feel comfortable with new head coach Chris Klieman since he has been a part of the program for the last couple years. Some recruits want to feel comfortable with the type of offense they are going to be running for the next couple years.

NDSU verbal commit Easton Stick, a quarterback from Omaha, Neb., came to NDSU on his official visit on Friday, January 10. It appears that he will be taking a couple other visits before he officially commits to a college.

According to my sources, Stick will take visits to two other schools, although he is still committed coming to NDSU. The reason behind the visits is due to the coaching changes that happened at NDSU in the past month.

Stick, who played his high school football at Creighton Prep in Omaha, had several offers from both FCS and FBS schools. According to Rivals.com, the FBS schools who offered Stick a scholarship were Miami (OH), Akron and Rutgers. FCS schools including Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State University and North Dakota also offered Stick a scholarship.

The two schools he will visit are unknown but I would not be surprised if one of them was Wyoming University. Stick is already familiar with the coaching staff and the possibility of starting at quarterback for the Cowboys could happen sooner than later.

Wyoming recently lost last year's starting quarterback, Brett Smith, who declared early for the NFL Draft. The back-up last year, Jason Thompson, is transferring to Utah University. That leaves Wyoming with two returning quarterbacks. One of the QBs, Tommy Thorton, saw some playing time last season.

Regardless, neither of those returning quarterbacks are Craig Bohl recruits. Stick would be a player Bohl recruited and has a rapport with him and offensive coordinator Brent Vigen. If all would work out well for Stick, he could possibly be starting as a redshirt freshman. 

As far as the other school is concerned, that one is still a little tough to figure out. Looking at rosters that would be in need of a quarterback as badly as Wyoming, there is not one. If Stick is looking for a top-flight FCS school, and you would believe he is, than my belief is that the University of Northern Iowa would be a good fit for him.

First, with Sawyer Kollmorgen the starting quarterback for presumably the next couple seasons, Stick would still be able to start for two, maybe three years. Secondly, Stick has a former high school teammate on UNI's roster.

Offensive lineman Lee Carhart is a true freshman who redshirted this past season for the Panthers and graduate from Creighton Prep as an All-State football player. 

While other teams have players on their roster from Omaha, including NDSU who has two Omaha natives on the roster for next season, not one of them has a player from Creighton Prep. With that being said, the other Creighton Prep player who has verbally committed to NDSU, wide receiver R.J. Urzendowski, is still very committed to NDSU.

It will be interesting to see what Stick decides to do after his two more visits, regardless of where he goes.

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