This one fit into the “no-brainer” category.
Mount Pleasant tight end Henry Krieger-Coble is a cousin of former Hawkeyes basketball star Jess Settles. He was just a couple years behind current Iowa wide receiver Jordan Cotton at Mount Pleasant High School. And, yes, he grew up a Hawkeyes fan.
It was a no brainer then when the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder committed Tuesday night to play football for the Hawkeyes.
“It’s awesome, it’s exciting,” said Krieger-Coble. “I was kind of born into it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me.”
Krieger-Coble caught 34 passes for 491 yards and six touchdowns for the 5-4 Panthers last season. A high-ankle sprain ended his year after five games. He’s also a standout basketball player, averaging 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. In baseball, his batting average is in the .500 range so far this season.
He received his offer at Iowa’s football camp last week. The only talk from Iowa coaches was tight end for Krieger-Coble, who drove up to Iowa City on Tuesday to tell the coaches in person that he wanted to be a Hawkeye.
“I’m not glad recruiting is over,” Krieger-Coble said. “I’m just glad I got this offer and this opportunity.”
Links — Snowstorm couldn’t stop Mount Pleasant signees from faxing in their signatures, per the Mount Pleasant News. “At 7:30 a.m., I got out. I picked up Henry [Krieger-Coble] who had gotten stranded at a friend’s house the night before – he walked to a point where I could get to him. We went to his house, picked up his papers and headed to the high school,” said [Mount Pleasant football coach Bob] Jensen in an e-mail. “We got stuck on the way and had to get pulled out. We had to park at the high school entrance and walk to the front door.”
Three most interesting bio items — 1) Mother, Amy, played softball at Iowa. 2) Cousin of Jess Settles. 3) Relatives Brad Carlson, Emma Krieger-Kittle and Bruce Kittle all competed for the Hawkeyes. Bonus — Had 35 receptions for 612 yards and eight TDs as a senior.
Ferentz on — Iowa signed just two Iowans in 2011 — Krieger-Coble and Austin Blythe.
“Henry is a young guy that’s a multi-sport athlete, did a lot of things and has great ball skills,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “I think he kind of fits in the mold of Brendan Myers and Allen Reisner, good basketball player, good athlete, just does a lot of things well and we have had great success with a lot of guys like that and the two I just alluded to certainly fit that biil so really happy about that.”
Recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson will be Krieger-Coble’s position coach at Iowa. The 6-4, 210-pounder will begin his career as a tight end.
“We went into this class thinking we were going to sign two. We felt very strongly about all three of these guys,” Johnson said. “Henry committed first, a person we offered out of our camp. Unbelievable ball skills, showed us everything we were looking for in camp. Good developmental guy. Tough on defense. Needs to learn how to block and do that kind of stuff.”
Projection is fun — Krieger-Coble might be the toughest to project.
Does he see himself as only a tight end? If he does, there are a lot of bodies there (I think 10 on schollie next fall).
His highlight video shows a pretty good burst and instinct at D-end. Does he have that mentality?
At 6-4, is he too tall to be a fullback? Brett Morse, who probably ranks No. 2 behind Jeremy Allen for Ferentz-era fullbacks, was 6-3 and a very good blocker the last two seasons.
Bruce Kittle, a relation, was a guard at Iowa.
Stay tuned here.