Hawkeye legacy surprise

Ferentz offers scholarship to George Kittle, whose father played o-line for the 1981 Iowa Rose Bowl team

Published: February 1 2012 | 12:06 pm - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 11:30 am in

Say what you want about national signing day, but there is some magic out there.

George Kittle planned to take a scholarship offer to Weber State in Utah. Then, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz called Wednesday morning. He offered a scholarship to Iowa, where George's dad, Bruce, played offensive line for a Rose Bowl team in 1981.

"I'm a little excited to say the least," Kittle told HawkeyeReport.com. "Coach Ferentz called today and said they had a couple of offers out if they didn't get accepted that I would get an offer. The last two guys didn't accept and they called and extended an offer about 15 minutes ago."

Bruce Kittle is an assistant coach at Oklahoma for Bob Stoops since 2010. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant and player for the Hawkeyes under Hayden Fry and the family lived in the state of Iowa.

So, George Kittle returns home. He pretty much screamed that in a mid-morning tweet about coming back to the "#319."

"I am so excited to be coming home again, plus my cousin, Henry Kreiger-Coble, plays on the team as well," Kittle said. Krieger-Coble will be a redshirt freshman tight end for the Hawkeyes next fall.

Kittle, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, went to Iowa's summer camps the last two years. Iowa hasn't nailed down a position for him. Kittle played wide receiver and defensive back for Norman (Okla.) High School last fall. He said his dad believes he could bulk up into a tight end or outside linebacker.


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