The state of Nebraska has opened it’s borders to NDSU in recent years and the Bison have seen the talent first hand from the Cornhusker State; just look at two of the stalwarts on defense; Kyle Emanuel and Christian Dudzik. The Bison graduate a four year warrior from Beatrice in Garrett Bruhn and brought in 3 recruits from Nebraska last year (Sam Hahn; who’s left the program; Bo Liekhus and number three quarterback Derek McGinnis) NDSU has been busy in Nebraska this year, already with one commitment from Papillion’s Tyler Wrice and got another on Tuesday from Omaha’s Nick DeLuca, who hails from nationally known Millard North High School, why it’s known nationally in a second.
DeLuca’s high school coach Fred Petito confirmed the decision to me earlier tonight; Millard North just completed an undefeated and state championship winning season; DeLuca is built to be a football player; 6’4, 235 pounds and plays inside linebacker. Petito told me DeLuca had offers from South Dakota State, South Dakota, NW Missouri State and Ohio; not surprising to see NDSU battle MAC schools and win out, we’ve seen that in the past few years in the recruiting wars. Petito told me that AJ Cooper and Steve Stanard have been working Nebraska hard, especially Stanard, the former Husker, who like Craig Bohl has many ties in the state; Petito shared with me that NDSU has been trying for many years to get into the state of Nebraska and now is finally seeing the fruits of that labor. Here’s DeLuca’s highlight video, it’s impressive and who knows at a spot where NDSU is critically thin, this could be a guy that plays right away next fall, we’ll see. Petito did add he wouldn’t be surprised if Nebraska made a late run at DeLuca, the Huskers are known for doing that, and I know from speaking with the other Nebraska natives on the team that’s the dream for all football players from that state. Why Millard North is so popular; especially for football; that’s the same high school that Eric Crouch hailed from and as most everyone knows, went on to play at Nebraska and eventually win the Heisman Trophy for the Huskers, Petito told me he’s sent 23 or 24 guys to play Division 1 football from Millard North.
This brings NDSU to a known total of 15 verbal commitments with two weeks to go till signing day, I’ve been told the Bison aiming for the 18-20 range, so there are still a couple players they’re waiting on; we know that they have offered Bismarck running back Layne Johs, the player of the year in the state, who ran for 1900 yards and scored 32 touchdowns for the state champs this past year. By my count, NDSU has freed up 13 scholarships for next season either by graduation or players leaving(Juckem and Jerve for example); curious to see what other positions NDSU gets down the stretch here’s what they have so far:
- Defensive End: 2 (Ambrosius, Tuszka)
- Defensive Tackle: 3 (Morgan, Jacobsen, Tanguay)
- Linebacker: 3(DeLuca, Gates, Hahn)
- Tight End: 2 (Wentz, Illies)
- Offensive Line: 2 (Ziemer, Kuhnert)
- Quarterback: 1 (Davis)
- Wide Receiver: 1 (Wrice)
- Running Back: 1 (Morlock)