BY TOMMY BIRCH
The Iowa football program was committed to landing Jon Wisnieski, becoming the first college football team to contact and offer a scholarship to the tight end.
On Thursday, the West Des Moines Dowling Catholic senior tight end committed to the Hawkeyes.
Wisnieski, one of the country’s most coveted players at that position, said he plans to play in Iowa City starting in the fall of 2013.
“It’s been my dream for a long time to be able to play college football,” Wisnieski said. “I was super excited when I heard that they were going to offer me.”
Wisnieski is ranked 18th in the nation for tight ends in the class of 2013 by recruiting website Rivals.com. The Clive native, who checks in at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, caught eight passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns for the Maroons last season.
He’s also a basketball player and honor roll student.
Wisnieski said the Hawkeyes were the first to contact him in late September. They were also the first program to offer him a scholarship in mid-December.
It was that devotion that caught the attention of Wisnieski, who said he fielded interest from schools such as Iowa State, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Kansas State, Mississippi and Purdue.
“They’ve done a great job ever since,” Wisnieski said. “I’m just very happy about it.”
Dowling Catholic coach Tom Wilson said Wisnieski continues to improve.
“I think they’re getting somebody that has an awful lot of upside,” Wilson said.
Wisnieski, whose parents Dave and Barb both attended Iowa State, also has an older sister, Mary Kate, attending school in Ames.
After his senior year, he’ll make the crossover into Iowa City.
“They didn’t push me either way,” Wisnieski said. “They let me make my own decision.”
The Hawkeyes have received commitments from 16 high school players who will be seniors this year.
“I’ll have a chance to get a great education out there,” Wisnieski said.
“I’m also excited about the way things are moving in the program and how they are using tight ends, too,” Wisnieski said.
Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football