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June 19, 2006

Will Stangel earn an NU offer?

San Jacinto (Calif.) quarterback Chasen Stangel knew his opportunity to impress the Nebraska coaching was limited.

Stangel had three days to show NU head coach Bill Callahan and offensive coordinator Jay Norvell what he could do and it's safe to say he'll leave Lincoln on Nebraska's radar.

The 6-foot-1, 185 pound Stangel took home the skills competition trophy on Monday after showing solid accuracy and footwork the last three days.

"I think the best thing that I did personally is I just stayed mentally tough and didn't get down," Stangel said. "This is a tough camp mentally because your arm gets sore, it's hot, you don't get any rest and you've got to go to practices and meetings.

"When you get back to your dorm you've got a meeting and then practice and you've got three of those each day. You've got to be mentally tough just to get through it."

Stangel already has offers from Purdue, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Idaho, UTEP, SMU and Utah State, and besides NU, Washington is another school he's really looking at hard.

Stangel said he'll visit Seattle later this month and find out where he stands with the Husky staff as well.

Stangel is in no hurry to commit and he hopes to have his decision made sometime in the month of July.

"I'm not leaning in any direction right now," Stangel said. "I'm going to commit in either the middle of July or the end of July."

However, growing up Stangel was a big Husker fan. He currently has family in Burchard, West Point, Tecumseh, Lincoln and Omaha.

Stangel's dad was also a graduate assistant coach at Utah at one time, so his family is very familiar with the recruiting process.

"I think I'm going to commit somewhere in July no matter what, but I'm really interested in Nebraska," Stangel said. "I have other schools (that have offered) and it's not like I'm just zoned in on Nebraska.

"I am a big time Nebraska fan and I like them a lot and it would be awesome to be offered by them. Washington is also showing a lot of interest in me and I'm taking a trip up there at the end of June."


Bates still solid to Iowa State

Omaha (Neb.) North dual-threat quarterback Phillip Bates said Iowa State fans have nothing to worry about.

Bates had several ISU fans a little nervous that he was attending camps at Nebraska, Notre Dame, USC and Arizona State, despite the fact he is already a Cyclone commitment.

"I'm a solid commit," Bates said. "I'm not going anywhere. I love it up there. Coach (Dan) McCarney, coach (Todd) Fitch, coach (Barney) Cotton…I love everybody up there. I feel really comfortable up there and that's where I'm planning on going."

However, Bates said the ISU coaching staff did call to make sure they knew what his motives where for attending so many camps this summer.

Bates told McCarney his main objective for attending camps was to compete and get a taste of going against some of the nation's top quarterbacks.

"They were a little worried," Bates said. "But I told coach Fitch and coach Mac that I'm not going anywhere. I told them I'm a 100 percent and I'm not going anywhere. I'm just here to compete."


Heiman looking for first offer

Papillion (Neb.) La Vista quarterback Steve Heiman is still in pursue of his first scholarship offer from a Division I-A program.

Heiman currently has offers from Division I-AA South Dakota State and Division II Nebraska-Kearney. Heiman said he was a little bothered this weekend because of tendonitis in his arm.

"At school we throw four days a week," Heiman said. "It's about 300 balls a morning, so my arm is pretty worked out right now."

Heiman has already been to camp at Vanderbilt and he'll also head to Kansas State and Texas Tech later this summer.

As for Nebraska, Heiman said he hopes the Husker staff will continue to keep regular correspondence with him.

"Coach Norvell has been emailing and writing me," Heiman said. "And coach Wagner has been writing me letters.

"I'm just trying to go into my senior year being the best high school quarterback I can be and lead my team to some wins and go for the state championship. If something good comes out of it, then great."


Quick hits

***Greenville (S.C.) quarterback Matt Lentz currently has offers from Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State. Lentz hopes his performance in Lincoln over the last three days will put him on the radar of the Husker coaching staff.

"I think I might be on their radar now," Lentz said. "We'll see what happens. We haven't talked much, so we'll see what happens."

***Bradenton (Fla.) Bayshore quarterback LaTravis Washington met with NU head coach Bill Callahan following the QB camp. Washington has been offered by NU as an athlete.

***Former Nebraska cornerback Donald DeFrand is working out in Lincoln this summer with the Huskers, but he'll play at Nebraska-Omaha next fall. He said former NU wide receiver Grant Mulkey is also probably going to be at UNO next fall.

***Nebraska will hold their kickers camp on Friday and Saturday. The camp will feature instruction from NFL kickers Kris Brown and Josh Brown and NFL punters Kyle Larson and Sam Koch.


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