Our standard for writing college commitment stories is that the athlete must be getting athletic financial aid for committing to the school. I made an exception in the case of Central graduates David Riedl and Seth Edeen — who I wrote about here — because their stories were unique.
It’s not often that guys spend the fall after their senior years not playing football — or in Edeen’s case playing junior hockey — and then go back to the sport. The fact that they’re going to be preferred walk-ons (meaning that the school said, “Yeah, we’ll guarantee you a spot at practice this fall.”) also factored into my decision to write about them.
Below are some more items that couldn’t fit into today’s story.Riedl was offered by Black Hills State as a senior but passed it up because he thought he was going to get better offers for track. However, he was sick most of the track season and his times and marks didn’t improve as much as he hoped. That led him to take a Hathaway Scholarship and enroll at Wyoming strictly as a wildlife and fisheries biology student.
He hopes his performance during spring drills will earn him a scholarship at the NCAA Div. II school for the fall semester.
I wrote about Edeen’s paternal ties to UW football (his father, Dan, and uncle, Dave, both walked on in Laramie). But his mom’s brother-in-law, Ryan Oman lettered in football for the Cowboys in 1994 and ’95. Oman, an offensive lineman, spent two seasons with the New England Patriots after signing as an undrafted free agent.
In addition to being an All-Western Athletic Conference selection and No. 7 in career sacks at UW, Dave Edeen was taken in the fifth round of the 1989 NFL Draft by Phoenix Cardlinals. Dave Edeen started his collegiate career at Black Hills State before walking on at Wyoming.
I’ve also learned that Casper Natrona County graduate Brecken Biggs, the 2012 Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year, has left Black Hills State and is walking on at UW.