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Boettger, Young, Warfield pick Hawks

[ 1 ] June 24, 2012 |

Iowa football landed a hat trick of recruits Sunday, bringing two in-state recruits and a defensive back from Ohio into the fold.

Cedar Falls senior-to-be Ike Boettger got his scholarship offer Tuesday, and five days later, he accepted.

“I’ve wanted to go to Iowa since I was a kid,” Boettger said Sunday. “I like the coaching staff, I like the city. … I like everything about it.”

It was an easy decision for the 6-foot-5, 215-pound quarterback. Iowa plans on using Boettger at tight end once he graduates from Cedar Falls and heads to Iowa.

“I always run routes in practice for fun,” Boettger said. “They said they would teach me blocking techniques once I got down there.”

Boettger was joined in the 2013 recruiting class later Sunday by another in-state commitment: Des Moines Lincoln linebacker Trevon Young.

“It was real close between Iowa and Iowa State,” Young said. “I just went with what I felt was best for me.”

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Young had 61 tackles and two fumble recoveries last season. He said he likely will grow into being a defensive lineman — possibly a defensive end.

“They said they’re going to put another 30 pounds on me,” he said.

Finally, just before the 10 o’clock news, Lakewood (Ohio) defensive back Solomon Warfield verbally committed to the Hawkeyes.

Warfield on Twitter (@ReallyDhat_Kid) said: “Just got off the phone with Head coach Ferentz; committed to IOWA Baby!! #BlackandYellow.

Warfield is a three-star defensive back from St. Edward High School. He had offers from Penn State, Michigan State and Illinois, among many others.

The three verbals Sunday make it 15 total commitments, including seven in the last nine days. Last year at the end of June the Hawkeyes had just five recruits.

Both in-state recruits didn’t think about playing football in college initially.

“I still like basketball,” Young said, “but once I started growing, I started to out-grow basketball. I knew that football was going to be my sport.”

Boettger said earlier in the week he was “very surprised” to get an offer.

“My family and I talked about it the last couple days and decided it’d be the right decision for me,” Boettger said. “They develop their tight ends very well there.”

Boettger also talked to ex-Tiger teammate and incoming Hawkeye freshman Barkley Hill on Saturday.

“He said he really likes it down there, and that helped me make my final decision,” Boettger said. “He was excited about it.”

Randy Petersen contributed to this report.

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