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Hawks add late 2011 commit Dean Tsopanides

[ 1 ] June 30, 2011 |

Kirk Ferentz said on national signing day in February that he didn’t foresee any late additions to Iowa’s 2011 recruiting class.

But plans can change quickly in recruiting — and they did this week for the Hawkeyes and Connecticut prep defensive lineman Dean Tsopanides.

Tsopanides reportedly committed to Iowa and will join the Hawkeyes when they begin training camp in August. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive end prospect from Torrington, Conn., previously planned to spend a season at Milford Academy and showcase his skills in front of college coaches, according to The Register Citizen.

The newspaper reported Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe spotted Tsopanides last week during a four-day combine and asked for his game film.

“I did really well there,” Tsopanides told The Register Citizen. “[O’Keefe] saw me play, asked for my highlight tape and then I got an invitation to go visit the campus.”

Tsopanides is a two-time all-state selection and a state 215-pound wrestling champion. Iowa reportedly brought him in for a visit this week and offered him a scholarship on Wednesday.

“Coach Ferentz said that he wanted me to come out to Iowa City and be a Hawkeye,” Tsopanides told the Republican-American. “I told him that I was totally onboard by that. I’ve been a Michigan fan my whole life, but I will now have to change that.”

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About Andy Hamilton: University of Iowa graduate Andy Hamilton is originally from Williams, Iowa, and started at the Des Moines Register in August after 12 years at the Press-Citizen. He covers wrestling for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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