Wilber-Clatonia quarterback Michael Pulliam pulled the trigger first, committing to the Doane University football program on Jan. 25 as a projected signal caller at the next level.
Then came the Wolverines’ do-it-all athlete this past fall on the gridiron Coltin ‘Razor’ Rezabek. And a few days later former Fairbury quarterback and Wayne State defensive back this past fall, Adam Wasserman, made the call to join the Doane football team.
The trio will join five area athletes that are already on the team. Wilber-Clatonia has a strong representation on the squad as Connor O’Toole, Brice Broz, Cooper Bates, and Riley Homolka all are currently on the Doane football roster.
Former Diller-Odell running back and linebacker Tyson Landenberger is also on the team.
Rezabek, a three-year starter at running back and defensive back for Wilber-Clatonia signed his letter of intent with the Doane football team on Friday, February 1. The Tigers will project him to be a defensive back at the college level, whether it is safety or cornerback, that has yet to be decided.
So why Doane for the one they call ‘Razor’ over offers from Concordia, Morningside, Nebraska Wesleyan?
“The reason I really went to Doane I think I would probably have the most opportunity to play there and I feel it’s a more family-oriented university than any other school I’ve been to. I’ve been on gameday visits and it’s just been packed. Everyone is having a good time. It’s really nice. And it’s really close to home so I can be with friends and family,” 
The defending NAIA champions, Morningside, presented strong competition to the Tigers. Their initial offer came in higher than Doane, but a counter offer to match Morningside secured Rezabek’s commitment to the nearby Tigers.
“Actually, they were the ones that wanted me really bad,” Rezabek said of Morningside. “They had the best offer out of all the schools and I really wanted to go to Doane but I really wanted to go to Morningside. As soon as I told Doane what I got offered from Morningside they were like ‘yeah, we’ll give you that for sure” because they really wanted me too.’”
‘Razor’ led the Wolverines in rushing as a senior, totaling 11 touchdowns and 692 yards on 108 carries, along with six receiving touchdowns and 329 yards on 20 receptions.
On defense, Rezabek had a team-high five interceptions and three blocked punts.
As for Wilber-Clatonia’s success, the Wolverines made the playoffs each of Rezabek’s four seasons with the team and as a sophomore in 2016, ‘Razor’ claimed a state title as a starting cornerback on a defense that allowed 12 points in four games during the playoffs.
Joining Pulliam and Rezabek in this year’s signing class will be Wasserman, who decided to transfer from the Wayne State football team after redshirting this past fall for the Wildcats.
Wasserman, who initially wanted to play quarterback out of high school, will now get that opportunity with Doane, who recruited the former Jeff standout at that very position out of high school.
In the end proximity to home – two hours closer – and an opportunity to play the position he had played since fourth grade all the way through high school was too much to pass up.
“I was just too far away and there were some other factors. I don’t want to talk too badly about their program. I just didn’t feel in place there,” Wasserman said. “I got ahold of coach (Anthony) Dunn at Doane and he said they’d love to have me so I got the paperwork filled out and just came here. I was recruited by (Chris) Bessler out of high school, which is the head coach now.”
As a senior at Fairbury in 2017, Wasserman showed his potential as a quarterback. He threw for 23 touchdowns, 1,543 yards on a 64 percent completion rate, along with only six interceptions. The dual-threat signal caller added 936 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground.