Ready to hit the road

There is a good crop of players coming through Nebraska this year for 2014 and arguably one of the best in the state is Easton Stick. Stick has already been to see four schools and has a number of others schools queued up for a visit in the coming weeks.

Easton Stick from Omaha (Nebr.) Creighton Prep is a 6-foot-2 and 202-pound signal caller who shows a nice touch on the ball and good mobility. Stick says he's getting ready to take some trips as well as working out getting ready for his senior season.

"I am taking a lot of visits," Stick said. "I am taking like four or five visits right now. Other than that I have just been working out four or five times a week and working out with a quarterback coach once a week.

"I am starting to put on some good weight. I weighed in at 202-pounds today actually. I am getting bigger, stronger and my vertical is going up. So I am getting more explosive. The quarterback coach is going well working on mechanics, balance and consistency."

Stick has already been to four schools. He will see two next weekend and got a couple of big invites to a Big Ten school that he would like to take advantage of.

"I have been to Nebraska, South Dakota State, Kansas State and Iowa already. Next weekend I will be at Tulsa and Iowa State. I was invited to Wisconsin for their junior day which I believe is April 13th and their spring game which is the 20th. Hopefully I can get to one of those.

"After Wisconsin that will likely be my last visit for the spring. I know that Nebraska's spring game is on April 6th, but I don't think that I am going to get to that one."

Summer camps are definitely on Stick's agenda too, but which schools he will camp at are still to be determined. Stick wants to go through the evaluation process and see which schools are the most interested and use that as a way to determine where he will go to camp.

"I will be doing summer camps, but I don't know where exactly yet. I think that it will really depend after April and May and who I believe is really interested. That will help me trim down where I will go this summer."

The players in the state of Nebraska do not have a spring practice so with the evaluation period around the corner players will get looked at in P.E., working out after school or in another sport by college coaches. Stick says that he and his team mates are working together three times a week before school.

"We don't have spring practice, but me and the receivers and some of our defensive backs have been throwing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We have been doing that the last month or so. That will help if they can come out and see us do that.

"It's all play organized, the coaches won't be there or anything, but we have been doing this in the mornings before school. We just get together and throw those three times a week and really try to work together as a team."

As a junior Stick threw for 2,150 yards and 17 touchdowns, to just three interceptions. He also rushed for 515 yards and 15 touchdowns. Those are some solid numbers, but Stick wants to take another step as a player and a leader for his team this off-season.

"I think consistency throwing the football is number one; not missing throws that I shouldn't miss. There were a couple of times this past year that maybe I made the throw where it was a little behind or the receiver had to jump.

"I guess with running I thought that I did a good job last year extending plays and getting first downs. I want to take the next step, try to be a little more elusive or powerful, and instead of a 10 yard run break a tackle or make a cut and maybe turn it into six points."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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