You can't win them all, but chances are? You will win some while you're on campus because you're heading to that kind of a program. Late Friday, HERO Sports caught up with four Bison recruits who obviously weren't stoked about the title streak ending on Friday night — but they were stoked about the idea of beginning a new streak.
They're just as ticked off as the rest of the Bison Nation right now — but they have something most of the faithful don't have: Nearly half a decade of eligibility ahead of them.
"I don't see it as much as avenging the loss, it's business as usual," NDSU OL commit and Fargo area native Zach Willis told HERO Sports, when asked if Friday night would be a motivating factor, personally. "Growing up around this program, I know what that expectation is, and it's nothing less than the best. I have full faith that we'll be back to where the country and our fan base knows we should be.
"But hey, props to JMU. They're a hell of a team. I just know I can't wait to be in this program … (If next year he is asked to redshirt), I'm totally cool with that. But if I can step up, you bet I'll be there. The staff knows what they're doing. I put my faith in them. Patience is a virtue."
While Willis is from the Fargo area himself, DB recruit Phazione McClurge is from Illinois but could feel the effect from far away.
North Dakota State recruit Zach Willis (Photo courtesy Zach Willis).
"Honestly I feel as a player I know how the team and staff feel and it's terrible that it had to end this way," McClurge told HERO Sports. "But being a Class of 2017 Bison I look up to them because those guys and staff have paved the way for athletes like me and the other commits to come there and be great. Through them I will understand the true meaning of hard work and we can get the championship streak back up. The Bison never give up and always bounce back.
"I can't wait to get with the guys and take this game and turn it into a positive. To make a team that has a bond way too strong to break — which is the real meaning of being a Bison, making those bonds, relationships and lifetime connections. This game was a minor setback for an even greater comeback. I wish all the seniors well in their future whether it be in football or in their career."
Defensive end recruit Tanner Sundt is a Minnesota native.
"I can't wait to get up to NDSU and make a contribution to the team in whatever way I can," Sundt told HERO Sports. "The players returning next year will remember this feeling and bring the intensity to a whole new level and I can't wait to be apart of that
Defensive end commitment Spencer Waege of South Dakota summed it all up.
"NDSU had a amazing run that may never be done again. 83-7 in six years. five national championships … that's insane," Waege told HERO Sports. "NDSU knows how to win and everyone knows we will be be right back next year fighting for another championship. I have no regrets committing to the Bison after seeing how they can handle the wins and the losses. That school defines sportsmanship. Which is a lot more then I can say about some other schools that recruited me."
|DE||Spencer Waege||Watertown, S.D.||6-5||230||5/23/16|
|DB||Phazione McClurge||Mount Carmel, Ill.||6-1||190||6/20/16|
|DE||Tanner Sundt||Farmington, Minn.||6-4||240||6/23/16|
|OG||Nash Jensen||Osseo, Minn.||6-4||340||6/25/16|
|DE||Logan McCormick||Kimberly, Wisc.||6-3||230||6/27/16|
|DT||Brandon Metz||West Fargo, N.D.||6-1||270||6/27/16|
|OT||Zach Willis||West Fargo, N.D.||6-5||290||7/4/16|
|QB||Holden Hotchkiss||Lakeland, Fla.||6-4||205||7/6/16|
|DE||Lane Tucker||Gillette, Wyo.||6-4||240||7/13/16|
|WR||Christian Watson||Tampa, Fla.||6-2||175||7/25/16|
|TE||Noah Gindorff||Crosby, Minn.||6-5||230||7/26/16|
|LB||Jack Begley||Omaha, Neb.||6-3||205||7/29/16|
|WR||Josh Babicz||Barrington, Ill.||6-5||220||8/9/16|
|WR||Isaiah Hill||Minooka, Ill.||5-11||165||8/22/16|
|RB||Seth Wilson||Holmen, Wisc.||5-10||195||11/14/16|