Reno RB Anxious for Offer, Pokes Top His List

So far, 1,400 yards, 15 touchdowns and an impressive combination of speed and size haven't been enough to land Styker Ngongeseke a Division I scholarship. But with nearly a week until Signing Day and a few interesting recruiting developments taking place at Wyoming, there is still hope for the Nevada native…

Styker Ngongeseke is ready to deal with whatever comes his way in the next few days.

But he wouldn't mind getting a scholarship offer before signing date.

"Right now it is between Nevada and Wyoming," said Ngongeseke, who is waiting on offers from both schools. "I'm kind of leaning toward Wyoming because I liked the campus and the environment up there."

Ngongeseke made an official visit to Laramie three weeks ago, but despite being the only running back the Cowboys appear to be taking a serious look at the senior didn't come away with an offer.

"They were waiting for another person to commit," he said Wednesday night, "so I am just waiting for them to call me back."

That commit may well have been California tight end Orlando Arnold, who gave the Pokes a verbal pledge earlier this week. The other possibility is Colorado prep star Brandon Ribble, whom UW coaches would like to see playing H-back in the future. Ribble has yet to make a college decision but is planning on visiting Laramie this weekend.

But whether or not Ribble commits, Ngongeseke could capitalize on the reported de-commitment of another Wyoming prospect. Argyle, Texas kicker Ben Parks verbally pledged to play in the Cowboy State back in December but has now backed out of his commitment and decided instead to enroll at Baylor next season. There is no guarantee Parks' decision will open up a slot for Ngongeseke, but it wouldn't upset the Reno native if it did.

"I was very impressed with everything (at Wyoming)," he said. "The coaches were real great guys and welcome you like you are family, and I liked the campus a lot. I like the program as a whole."

As of Friday night, however, he had yet to hear from UW coaches about the team's scholarship situation.

"I'm still waiting on the phone call," he said in a text message. "They told me midweek they'll have an answer."

Ngongeseke runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, and he rolled up close to 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns this season on just 200 carries. He was a major factor in the offensive success of McQueen HS (Reno), which finished the year with a 13-2 record and made it all the way to the Nevada 4A State Title game before losing to Bishop Gorman 38-17.

But if Ngongeseke doesn't get a scholarship offer by Signing Day (Feb. 6), he said he'll have to either walk on at Nevada or try to sell himself to a Division II school.

"I have to be prepared for whatever happens," he said.

Not that playing for his hometown university would be a bad thing, he added; it's just that Wyoming's football environment seemed to be a better fit.

"It's my hometown," he said when asked about the positives of suiting up for the Wolf Pack. "I have all my friends here and a lot of people around me. It would be easy to find a house. But in Wyoming, I like the atmosphere and the whole campus lifestyle and everything."

To view Ngongeseke's player page and see video highlights of his senior season, click here.

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