Jeff Kolpack, Published August 01 2012
NDSU's Ojuri faces a pair of driving chargesFARGO – North Dakota State starting running back Sam Ojuri was charged with driving with a suspended license twice in the last two months and, through a letter by his attorney, has requested jury trials in Cass County District Court.
Ojuri was pulled over by Fargo Police on June 5 and then again on July 14. Both charges are Class B misdemeanors punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
A check of his record showed Ojuri also pleaded guilty in January to possessing alcohol in public and was fined $100.
Practice begins today for NDSU.
Wisconsin, Nebraska standouts commit
The Bison continued their pace of early verbal commitments, getting standouts from Wisconsin and Nebraska. In the case of defensive end Brad Ambrosius from De Pere, Wis., he had seven options.
Ultimately, the West De Pere High School senior-to-be picked the Bison over scholarship offers from Air Force, Western Illinois and South Dakota and a walk-on opportunity at the University of Wisconsin.
“It was a tough decision, but in the long run, North Dakota State was the good choice,” he said.
NDSU was also the choice of Tyler Wrice of Papillion-La Vista High School near Omaha. The
5-9, 175-pound Wrice had offers from Northern Iowa and Illinois State, according to Yahoo.com.
His recruiting profile lists him at a 4.48-second 40-yard dash, a 36-inch vertical jump and a 3.5 grade point average. He was a running back-cornerback last year for La Vista.
MyHitNews.com, a Nebraska website that tracks recruits, listed him as the sixth-best prospect in the state, saying Wrice “possesses the top overall talent in the class for an athlete that can play effectively on offense or defense at the next level.”
Record-setting prep verbals to NDSU
One of Minnesota’s all-time winningest wrestlers has given NDSU a verbal commitment, according to The Guillotine wrestling website. Mitch Bengston, who hda a state record 179 straight wins before falling in the Class 3A final last season, will be a senior at St. Cloud Apollo.
He won the 103-pound state title as an eighth grader, the 112-pound state title as a freshman and the 119-pound championship as a sophomore. He placed second in the Greco-Roman 138-pound division in the USA Wrestling Junior tournament last month at the Fargodome.
InterMat magazine projects him as the 20th best prep prospect in the country.
Etc. etc. etc.
The NDSU at Colorado State game on Sept. 8 in Fort Collins will be a 6 p.m. (CST) kickoff. CSU announced all of its home games will be a 5 p.m. local time start. Television coverage, if any, has yet to be announced. … NDSU still has allocated tickets available for the Colorado State game. … The NDSU baseball team signed West Fargo pitcher Tanner Dahl to a letter of intent. He’s
8-0 with a 1.83 ERA for the Patriots Legion team this summer.
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