Caspers Living A Dream

Two years ago, North Dakota State College of Science offensive tackle John Caspers never thought he would have the opportunity to play at at the highest level of college football. Over the past year that thought has drastically changed and it has him very excited about the future.

"I came from a small school and in high school I didn't get looked at much," said Caspers. "Then I got a call from Coach Shafer (assistant head coach) to come out and visit North Dakota State College of Science. I took a visit with my mom and dad and we really liked it. Coach Shafer told me that if I put in the time and hard work that he could get me where I wanted to go. It's just very exciting to get offers from Iowa State and Washington State. Coming from a small town (Bird Island, Minnesota) of only 700 people it just shows that great things can really happen if you work hard. I just have to keep my emotions in check because I still have a lot of work to do."

The recruitment of one of John's teammates is really what led Iowa State to take a harder look at him. "Coach Burnham came out in May to meet with Derek Earls," said Caspers. "Coach Shafer wanted me to meet him and then I stayed in contact with Coach Belsher after that. He told me that they like my athleticism, speed, and size."

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive tackle then set up an unofficial visit which he took about a month ago. "I went up around the middle of June and it was real interesting," said Caspers. "I just pretty much toured the campus and then met with the coaches. I got to talk with Coach Rhoads last and that's when I got my offer. He seemed like a real straight forward guy. He didn't want to pull any shades over my head."

While John is very excited about his two offers from Iowa State and Washington State, he is not yet ready to name any favorites. "I'm still open at the moment but one thing that I also like about both is that they both have solid agronomy programs which is what I'm going to study," said Caspers. "I'm just playing by ear in regards to a decision. I mostly talk it over with Coach Shafer and then I'll make a decision when I'm fully comfortable with a school."

John is currently finishing up his summer classes and is on target to graduate in December.


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