“He lives right across the street from me”: Fargo Davies teammates, neighbors Lucht and Palmer sign with NDSU
Oliver Lucht and Brennan Palmer shared the experience of the recruitment process as teammates, neighbors and friends. Both signed Wednesday morning to join the Bison.
FARGO — Fargo Davies Eagles teammates — and neighbors — Oliver Lucht and Brennan Palmer will stick together in the next step of their academic and athletic careers as they both signed Wednesday morning to join the NDSU Bison football program.
Both will play on the defensive side of the ball with Lucht at linebacker and Palmer on the line.
For Palmer, joining the Bison is the fulfillment of a long-held aspiration.
“It’s definitely just a lifelong dream come true,” said Palmer. “I’ve been a Bison fan as long as I can remember and my whole family have been Bison fans since I can remember. Just being able to finally sign and make it official to play for them is crazy.”
Lucht said that the signing is the culmination of years of effort as the reality still set in.
“It’s great. It’s a lot of hard work paying off. That’s mostly what I’m feeling right now,” Lucht said. “It’s unreal to think I get to go play for a nine-time national champion team.”
In addition to their time at Davies, the pair have built a relationship throughout the years, said Palmer. That relationship blossomed even more when Lucht and Palmer became neighbors within the last couple of years.
“It’s been awesome. Me and Oliver have played throughout F-M athletics and throughout middle school and high school,” Palmer said. “Now we’re neighbors. That’s made us a lot closer as friends and teammates. It’s pretty cool. He lives right across the street from me.”
From becoming neighbors to signing day, Lucht and Palmer have taken basically every step of the process together.
“ I moved in across from him when we weren’t getting recruited at all,” Lucht said. “We hadn’t started our junior season yet. We started that season, went through that and got recruited together. We did all that together.”
When the time came for Lucht to commit, Palmer — who had committed prior to Lucht — was among the first to hear the news.
“We both attended the same summer camp at the same time," Lucht said. "They called him back and he told me about that and he was still deciding where to go. He ended up (committing) and he was like ‘you should come, too.’ I was waiting and they finally reached out to me. I texted him the night before (I announced my commitment) that we were both going to be Bison and that was pretty special. He was the first person I told other than my parents.”
Off the field, Palmer plans to study computer science and cyber security while Lucht is looking at majoring in business administration.
"I am so excited for these two kids. They have worked hard. They were big parts of our team the last two or three years,” Davies coach Wayne Werremeyer said. “ We’re going to miss the heck out of them but I’m looking forward to watching them play on Saturdays”
Werremeyer said consistency was the primary asset Palmer and Lucht brought to the Davies program.
“The biggest thing I can say (they brought) is stability," he said. "You knew what you were going to get when Brennan and Oliver were out there. You knew they were going to be very solid players and that you could count on them to do what they had been coached to do. It’s been a lot of fun to watch them play and I’m just excited for these two.”