Two names that Bison fans hope to grow accustomed to over the next few years, were the latest set of athletes to verbally commit to North Dakota State, one for football, one for women’s basketball.
Let’s start with Stumpf, some argue he was the best HS player in North Dakota this year. What you can’t argue is this is a guy that NDSU HAS to get. Over the past several years, the player of the year in North Dakota has found his way to NDSU. Brandon Jemison, Esley Thorton, Carson Wentz to name a few. Stumpf told me today that the coaching staff sees him as a Travis Beck type, redshirt, put some weight on, then contribute right away. Beck is a prime example for Stumpf to look at, Beck played at a Class A school in Langdon, a ND kid, now starting for the Bison. Stumpf plays at Class A Harvey and is ready to work his way up. Stumpf is 6’2, 190 pounds, played both quarterback and safety for the Hornets this year, who went 8-1. Stumpf becomes the 7th verbal commitment for NDSU for 2012. The Bison graduate 18 seniors this season, 12 of them impact players, and even with the majority of the 2011 class redshirting it’s important to still stack the cupboard.
Brittany Wiebe is a 5’10 point guard and shooting guard from Brandon, Manitoba. She becomes just the 3rd player out of Manitoba in the last 10 years to get a Division 1 scholarship, one of those other two is her high school teammate, Danielle DeGagne, now the starting point guard for NDSU. Wiebe we can almost guarantee redshirt next season, with Katie Birkel’s injury, that may be the one bright spot because of that. Carolyn DeHoff said in her first press conference of the season on Monday that they have NOT been able to redshirt ANYONE in her first four seasons at NDSU, that ability most likely will finally happen this year. Wiebe wraps up the recruiting class for the women, they had 2 available scholarships, the other went to Holly Johnson out of Minot. The Bison Men had 2 as well, Dexter Werner from Bismarck and Brett VandenBergh from DePere, Wisconsin took those. Signing Day for basketball, softball and golf is next Wednesday.