Snow can’t keep Stille, Engelhaupt from becoming Huskers

It was mostly media and family at Ben Stille’s signing ceremony at Ashland-Greenwood High. Ben Stille didn’t let a snow day keep him from his signing ceremony.


Even if it happened on signing day, a school snow day was just fine with new Huskers Ben Stille of Ashland-Greenwood and David Engelhaupt of Norfolk Catholic.

Stille was able to get to school for his signing ceremony as scheduled at 8 a.m. Wednesday. He first forwarded his paperwork to NU by using his smartphone.

Was he disappointed that it was a snow day following Tuesday’s storm?

“Actually it kind of helped things,” Stille said. “It didn’t keep anybody from coming who I wanted there. I was trying to keep it small.”

Stille said those who watched his signing were his parents and grandparents, his brother, a friend, some school administrators and the media.

Engelhaupt had to dig out — Norfolk’s snowfall Tuesday was 15 inches — before he and his parents went to school for photos late Wednesday morning.

“I was able to scan it and then send it in over email,” Engelhaupt said during an online chat on Omaha.com. “My parents and I were able to get into the high school and take all of the pictures for the paper.”

So was he disappointed by the disruption in plans? Hardly.

“Haha. It’s really nice to have it on a snow day!” he wrote.

Stille and Engelhaupt are two of the state’s seven FBS-bound players for next season. Also signing Wednesday were Noah Fant of Omaha South with Iowa, Nick Lenners of Lincoln Southwest with Kansas State, Gavin Rush of Aurora with Wyoming and Barrett McDonald of Millard South with Air Force. Jared Bubak of Lincoln Christian graduated at mid-year and is at Arizona State this semester.

Another 14 players accepted scholarship offers with FCS schools, six with South Dakota State: Cade Johnson of Bellevue West, Monté McGary of Omaha South, Jack Domandle of Millard West, Elijah Wilson of Omaha Central, Josh Manchigiah of Papillion-La Vista South and Alec Cromer of Beatrice. Headed to South Dakota are Trystn Ducker of Bellevue West, Connor Thiele of Oakland-Craig, Joe Schlager of McCook and Jacob Matthew of Millard North.

Alex Cloyd of Millard South signed with North Dakota, Triston Fairchild of Papio South with Colgate, Christian Ellsworth of Grand Island Northwest with Northern Iowa and Aiden Burroughs of Norfolk Catholic with Liberty.

This was the third year in a row that snow affected signing day in Nebraska and the fourth time in the past six years.

During the Omaha.com chat, Engelhaupt said he met Stille this year while on an unofficial visit and they have talked since Monday about becoming teammates.

Both are from Class C-1 schools, but never played against each other even though Ashland-Greenwood made the state finals in 2013 and 2014 and Norfolk Catholic was there in 2015.

Engelhaupt switched from his longstanding commitment to Wyoming once Nebraska offered him on Monday. A factor, he said, was being able to play for a Power Five conference program.

“It has always been a goal to play at the highest level and it doesn’t get much bigger than the Big Ten,” he said.

Stille said he didn’t talk very long at his signing because he wanted to thank people personally.

“It’s good to be part of the Nebraska family and make it official,” Stille said.

A 6-foot-5 240-pounder signed as a defensive end, Stille is in the final weeks of wrestling season. He won a Class B state title as a junior. After wrestling, he’ll work on Nebraska’s conditioning program and be on campus in June.

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