Bellevue West running back Jay Ducker's recruitment is picking up pace, just like he does when running for touchdowns.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior holds scholarship offers from Purdue, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Northern Iowa. More and more schools are visiting Bellevue West each day to talk with T-Bird coach Michael Huffman about Ducker.
"I'm working on my top end speed so I can pull away from kids and show that I have that speed," Ducker said.
Ducker rushed for 1,813 yards on 254 carries in 2018, good for a 7.1 yards per carry average. His 30 touchdowns give him 57 for his career, moving him closer to the school record of 80 held by Jaylin Bradley.
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Boise State, Kansas State and Vanderbilt are the most recent power-conference schools to express interest, Ducker said. Kansas State, Minnesota, South Dakota State and North Dakota State all visited Bellevue West in recent weeks. Northwestern was scheduled to make a trip but couldn't due to snow days. Ivy League schools Columbia and Princeton have also had recent contact.
Kansas State continues to have a strong presence in Nebraska under new head coach Chris Klieman. The former North Dakota State coach is in his first year with the Wildcats, replacing Bill Snyder, who announced his retirement in December.
"K-State has said they are finishing up their 2019 recruiting class and they want to get more backs on the roster," Ducker said.
Ducker has one visit planned in the next few weeks.
"I am planning on going to South Dakota State's junior day on Feb. 16 or 17, and maybe go to North Dakota State's," Ducker said. "My plan is to verbally commit in June so it is out of the way for the season."