West Des Moines Dowling tight end Jon Wisnieski saw that the Iowa Hawkeyes were at 15 commitments and knew space was filling up. So, the 6-5, 215-pounder made the call Thursday and picked Iowa, he announced on his Twitter account.
Wisnieski told HawkeyeReport.com that he wasn’t planning to commit this summer, but he also realized time is about up, especially with Iowa.
“Everything this year has been kind of different because the whole recruiting process has been moved up quite a bit,” Wisnieski told HawkeyeReport.com. “I heard that Iowa might only have four scholarships left, so I started looking at things closer and it just solidified my decision. I’m excited about the opportunity at Iowa.”
Last season for the Maroons, Wisnieski caught eight passes for 119 yards and two TDs. On defense, he had 36 tackles, including one for loss, and an interception.
“I’ve been thinking for a while now that I wanted to commit to Iowa, so today I got a hold of Coach Brian Ferentz and did it,” Wisnieski said. “He was really excited and said they can’t wait to get me in the program.”
Iowa was first to offer Wisnieski, who has a 4.2 GPA and has scored a 31 on the ACT. He picked the Hawkeyes over Nebraska, Iowa State, Purdue, Kansas State and Mississippi.
Iowa now has 16 known commitments for the 2013 recruiting class. Wisnieski is potentially the second tight end in this class. Cedar Falls’ Ike Boettger is listed as an “athlete,” but the fact that he worked at tight end in Iowa’s camp and his frame (6-5, 220) point to tight end.
The tight end position in fall of 2013 could be crowded with seven players potentially on scholarship.
David Kenney, DE, 6-2, 250 Pike High School (Indianapolis, Ind.) ****
Derrick Willies, WR, 6-3, 190 Rock Island (Ill.) High School ***
Delano Hill, FS, 6-1, 190 Cass Tech High School (Detroit, Mich.) ***
Colin Goebel, OL 6-4, 275 Naperville (Ill.) North High School ***
Nathan Bazata, DT, 6-2, 270 Howells (Neb.) High School ***
Brant Gressel, DT, 6-2, 283 Centerville (Ohio) High School ***
John Kenny, LB, 6-2, 210 Caramel (Ind.) High School ***
Nic Shimonek, QB, 6-4, 205 Mildred (Corsicana, Texas) High School ***
Malik Rucker, CB, 6-0, 175 Cooper (New Hope, Minn.) High School ***
Derrick Mitchell, Jr., WR, 6-0, 185 Vashon (St. Louis, Mo.) High School ***
Andre Harris, WR, 6-1, 170 Kirkwood (Mo.) High School (unrated by Rivals.com)
Sean Welsh, OL, 6-3, 275 Springboro (Ohio) High School ***
Ike Boettger, ATH, 6-5, 220 Cedar Falls High School (unrated by Rivals.com)
Trevon Young, DE, 6-4, 220 Lincoln (Des Moines) High School (unrated by Rivals.com)
Solomon Warfield, DB, 6-0, 170 St. Edwards (Cleveland, Ohio) ***
Jon Wisnieski, TE, 6-5, 215 West Des Moines Dowling ***
* = Rivals.com’s star rating
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