Growing up in Omaha, Easton Stick's college football rooting interests almost were predetermined.
"We don't have much of a choice," the Creighton Prep quarterback said. "I've grown up a fan but in no way do I feel loyal to Nebraska. Sometimes Nebraska kids can get a bad rap with you growing up in Nebraska that you're going to Nebraska. I'm going to make a decision that's best for me, whether that's Nebraska or not I don't know yet."
The Huskers have company when it comes to interest in the 6-foot-2, 198-pound Stick. Iowa will play host to him on a visit beginning Friday.
"I've talked to Coach (Reese) Morgan a couple of times on the phone," Stick said. "He's really excited for me to get up there. He's been at my school and been talking to my head coach a lot. I have a good relationship with him.
"Hopefully this weekend I'll have a chance to build that and see where I stand with them as far as an offer and what I need to work on going forward."
Stick has visits to Nebraska, South Dakota State, Kansas State and Tulsa behind him. He's planning return trips to Nebraska and Tulsa and will see Iowa State at the end of the month. Ohio, Northwestern, Michigan State and Akron also are showing him interest, he said.
"It's starting to pick up," Stick said of his recruitment. "I'm talking to coaches from a whole bunch of different schools for like a half hour, an hour at a time. Being a quarterback, everyone kind of wants to see me in camp to make sure what they see on film is what they're getting.
"Hopefully we can get one (scholarship offer) and things start rolling from there."
Stick feels close to achieving that goal.
"I think South Dakota State is really close to offering," he said. "I've gotten to know the coaches up there really well. Tulsa and Akron pretty much told me that if I come to camp I have an offer, same with Ohio. I think they're really high on me."
Stick (4.67, 40-yard dash) threw for more than 2,000 yards and 16 touchdowns with a 60 percent completion percentage as a junior. He also rushed for 515 yards and 14 scores. Creighton Prep ran a spread with a lot of zone-read concepts last season, he said.
"I think I'm a dual-threat," he said. "At the same time, I think my skill set allows me to play in just about any offense. The spread offense has allowed me to utilize my legs a little bit but I feel like I can play under center and work on drops and play power football."
Stick plans to participate in college camps this summer at schools showing him interest.
"I'm going to have to go to a bunch," he said. "I'm excited to do that. I don't have an exact list right now. I have a good idea of where I want to go and where I need to go but a lot of things could change here in the next couple of months. The month of June is going to be big for me."
Nebraska will be one of those camps.
"When I was at their junior day about a month ago, I was able to have a one-on-one meeting with Coach (Tim) Beck for 30 minutes, 45 minutes," Stick said. "We broke down my film. What it's going to come down to is how well I perform at their camp and then going forward into the fall. They want to see how I progress from last season."
Iowa also appears to be a school at which Stick will camp.
"I get hand-written letters that say they are really interested," he said.
Stick said he will come to Iowa City after school on Friday and has a full day planned on Saturday.
"I'm going to get there for skill drills at 7:30 (a.m.), then I have some meetings and then will tour the campus," he said.