Northern Arizona may not have the biggest 2017 recruiting class, but what the Lumberjacks do have should make fans pretty happen.
Quarterback John Bledsoe (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) came aboard during the summer, and he of course has a name that may resonate with football fans. He is the son of former NFL signal caller Drew Bledsoe. Eastern Washington also liked the younger Bledsoe, but in the end he wanted to go to the school Case Cookus chose a few years back.
The quarterbacks are good here.
"I loved Flagstaff when I was checking it out, it reminded me a lot of where I live now (in Oregon)," Bledsoe told HERO Sports. "I was really impressed when meeting Case (Cookus) by how humble and cool he was to me. It was fun hanging out with him and the other quarterbacks and getting to watch him play. I was really impressed by the players, and I loved the environment in the quarterback room with (offensive coordinator) Coach (Tim) Plough."
Bledsoe was joined this past week by two other 2-star prospects, according to multiple rating services. He'll have a nice target at tight end when Arizona native Max Michalczik (6-2/210) arrives on campus. Also, late Wednesday in-state offensive lineman Eddie Rivas (6-4/280) chose the Jacks. Bledsoe said he and Michalczik have already connected on social media.
Michalczik's father Jim is the offensive line coach at the University of Arizona, so he's been around the college game.
"They like how my skill set fits into their offensive system," Michalczik told HERO Sports. "They also like my dual-purpose of tight end and long snapper. NAU was a great fit and I love the direction of their program. I was also looking at some other Big Sky schools and a couple Ivy League schools. I love the quality of the competition and the competitiveness in the Big Sky. I have heard about the Big Sky conference for years since both my parents have coached in the conference."