Quarterback Easton Stick and wide receiver RJ Urzendowski will take their sports friendship from Omaha Creighton Prep to North Dakota State.
After Urzendowski last month committed to Bison coach Craig Bohl, Stick followed suit over the weekend.
“I was pretty excited about Easton,” Urzendowski said. “He’s a great quarterback and first things first, we’ll have a great one coming up there. And then we have our relationship. It will be nice to have a familiar face throwing to you. We see the field the same way.”
Both seniors said they have developed strong relationships with Bohl and his staff. New this year is Prep graduate Conor Riley, who is coaching tight ends and fullbacks.
Stick said he knew he was sold on the Bison — the two-time defending FCS national champions and ranked No. 1 this year — when he visited Fargo the weekend of ESPN’s “College GameDay” telecast.
“I saw the atmosphere and fell in love with it. I decided it was time to decide and I’m excited to be a part of it,” the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Stick said.
He also had offers from FBS Akron and FCS North Dakota, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Southeast Missouri. Yale also was likely to offer.
Nebraska and Iowa were showing interest, too. Stick said he went to the Huskers’ summer camp and talked to coach Bo Pelini.
“Their situation with Zach Darlington was pretty unique,” Stick said, referring to the Husker quarterback recruit from Apopka, Fla., who suffered a concussion in his season opener and is sidelined indefinitely.
“There was a thought they might take two quarterbacks in this recruiting class and with the injury...,” he said. “It was a thing where they weren’t ready to offer and I felt comfortable with Coach Bohl and North Dakota State.”
Stick plans to redshirt next season, then join the fray at quarterback. Among the three current Bison quarterbacks who should be around in 2015 is redshirt freshman Derek McGinnis of Crete, Neb.
Urzendowski, who said he accepted his first offer, is unsure whether he’ll redshirt next season.
Stick is 85 of 140 for 1,516 yards and 15 touchdowns, against three interceptions, entering Prep’s game Friday at Omaha Central. Urzendowski, 6-1 and 190, has 47 catches for 873 yards and eight touchdowns.
In other recruiting news:
» Two junior offensive linemen starting to gain attention are Shawn Rouse (6-3, 240) from Omaha Benson and Matt Clark (6-5, 290) from Class C-1 Syracuse. Rouse is taking an unofficial visit to Kansas this weekend. NU assistant Barney Cotton visited Syracuse coach Rick Nordhues last Thursday.
Burke player recovering
Omaha Burke defensive back Josh Holcomb, a 5-11, 180-pound junior, did not attend classes Monday after suffering a seizure on the field Friday night in the Bulldogs’ game at Papillion-La Vista.
“He’s still very tired from the ordeal,’’ Burke coach Paul Limongi said Monday. “He’s not himself yet.”
Limongi said Holcomb was hospitalized for one night. It’s the coach’s understanding that the scans “came out good” and that the player will be visiting his personal physician for follow-up.
The Bulldogs (5-3) for the past two games have inserted returning All-Nebraska selection Trey Carr, a South Dakota State recruit, at quarterback. Limongi said Alex Curbeam remains at the position and the team has sets of plays for each senior.
“It’s like a deluxe Wildcat set for Trey,” the coach said. “It’s a way to get him the ball more on offense.”
Central spreads out scoring
» Omaha Central had eight players score in Friday night’s 56-10 win at Omaha Bryan. Cam Dorsey (30 yards), Tre Sanders (25), Kolbie Foster (52), Aaron Wright (41), Kaleb Johnson (61) and Kahlil Muhammad (37) scored on runs, Demetrice Marable caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Dorsey and Shane Harlan scored on a 5-yard pass from Noah Gauff, with Nick Rock going 8 of 8 on extra points. Sanders ran for 136 yards.
Bryan, which was held to 35 yards, scored on Fedi Nyganzie’s 29-yard field goal and Marquis Mitchell’s 1-yard run.
» Drew Klein ran for 223 yards and four touchdowns — 43, 50, 15 and 30 yards — in Papillion-La Vista South’s 49-7 victory at Omaha South. Also scoring for the Titans (5-3) were Luke Sellers on a 77-yard run, Gabe Smallwood on a 7-yarder and Jared Norblade on a 22-yard pass from Dane Massey. Josh Weinand (four) and Taylor Bagley (one) made their first extra points of the year.
» Hunter Stock scored Millard West’s final touchdown in a 55-0 win over Omaha Northwest. The sophomore was not listed in the game program.