"I committed yesterday while I was on an unofficial visit to Fargo," Mount Carmel (Ill.) safety Phazione Mcclurge said to the BisonReport. "On the visit, I was able to see all the new facilities they are putting in, which are amazing. I saw a pump up video and was able to take a glimpse at all the rings and try them on, plus got to see all the trophies. I had an amazing talk with the coaching staff and head coach, plus saw some dorms as well. My mother and I got a chance to meet academic people and an engineering instructor there, and we had all of our questions answered. I thought the campus and facilities there were amazing. They're doing a lot of construction, but just from what I saw, they have a very bright future there."
Mcclurge also spoke a lot with the Bison coaching staff.
"I spoke the most with coach Klanderman and head coach Chris Klieman," Mcclurge explained to Scout.com. "Klanderman was really impressed with everything he saw about me as far as my height and weight, plus he loved having me around as he quizzed me on how much I know football. He was jazzed about me becoming a Bison too. He told me that depending on how I grow as a safety, they see me as a guy that can man guard a receiver and lock them down. Plus, they think I'll be great in the run game. Klieman was asking me some questions about my football life, how I feel about their school and the recruiting process in general. I then committed at the end of my visit with my mother, sister and Klieman in the room. I had to talk with my mom before to make sure I was making the right decision, and she agreed I was, so then I sat down and told Klieman I wanted to commit to North Dakota State. He was jazzed when I told him."
The Mount Carmel safety is thankful to now be done with the recruiting process.
"I decided to commit as I felt like NDSU was the most honest school in my recruiting process, and I was impressed with everything I saw and heard," Mcclurge explained to the BisonReport. "I loved the atmosphere and people there too. I owe all my attention to my high school, so I wanted to commit before the summer camp and NDSU was the right fit for me. It feels great to be committed now as I have a big load off my shoulders and can focus on getting a ring this year with my team. My message to Bison fans is that I will be the hardest worker that stepped foot in that door. I'll do my best to keep this wealthy tradition going and I'm super excited to be a part of this NDSU program. Go Bison!"