Kirk Ferentz said in February that Iowa would find offensive linemen in the 2015 recruiting class. The stockpiling continued Wednesday evening.
Brett Waechter, a 6-5, 265-pounder from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School in northwest Iowa, announced via his Twitter account that he has committed to play football at the University of Iowa. Iowa borrowed from the offensive line scholarships to boost wide receivers in the 2013 class (it signed five). In the last recruiting class, Iowa missed on the state’s big prize, Cedar Falls tackle Ross Pierschbacher (who ended up at Alabama), and couldn’t find the O-linemen it wanted. Iowa ended up signing five defensive backs in ‘14.
So, the theme for the 2015 class is offensive linemen. Iowa isn’t burning up the travel budget, either. Including Waechter, Iowa has commitments from three other Iowa prep O-linemen, all of whom come from northwest Iowa. Landen and Levi Paulsen (6-6, 285 and 6-6 275, respectively) are from Woodbury Central High School (Moville). Jake Newborg (6-3, 271) is from West Lyon High School (Inwood).
“It’s really cool,” Waechter told HawkeyeReport.com when asked about the influx from northwest Iowa. “It’s the best football in the state.” (Here’s some more sound from Waechter, from KICD 1240AM.)
Waechter’s only other scholarship offer was from South Dakota. He had interest from Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota and Nebraska (Waechter’s uncle, Henry, was a defensive tackle for the Huskers in the 1980-81 seasons and also was a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl champion team). Waechter said Iowa plans to start his college career at offensive tackle.
“The coaching staff is the greatest and they’re not going anywhere,” Waechter said. “I like all of the people there and the kids in my class that are already going there. Then the facilities are going to be brand new and they offer a great education, so pretty much everything was just right.”
The Hawkeyes offered Waechter on Tuesday.
He missed most of his junior season with a dislocated shoulder. Waechter thought this would send him on a summer camp odyssey looking for a scholarship. He camped in Iowa City on June 1 and anticipated a return trip June 21 for another round of camps with Iowa. He didn’t have to.
“They said that after the first camp and two more camps after that, they liked me the best out of everybody they saw and think that I would be a good fit for their program,” Waechter told HawkeyeReport.
Waechter is the ninth commitment for Iowa’s 2015 class. (Here’s a link to a Hudl video.)
IOWA’S 2015 FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS
Jacob Newborg, OL/DL, 6-4, 271, West Lyon High School (Inwood) ***
Jack Beneventi, QB, 6-6, 190, Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.) ***
Drew Cook, ATH, 6-5, 205, Regina High School (Iowa City) **
Landen Paulsen, OT, 6-6, 285, Woodbury Central (Moville) ***
Levi Paulsen, OT, 6-6, 275, Woodbury Central (Moville) ***
Ryan Boyle, QB, 6-1, 215, Dowling Catholic High School (West Des Moines) **
Jack Hockaday, ATH, 6-0, 205, Maroa-Forsyth High School (Maroa, Ill.) ***
Brady Reiff, DE, 6-4, 215, Parkston (S.D.) High School **
Brett Waechter, OL, 6-5, 265, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School (Hartley) (not yet rated by Rivals.com)
(* — Rivals.com rating)
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