For weeks, Keegan Render, his parents and a select few friends and coaches knew about his plans for the future.
This weekend, Render let everyone else in on the big secret.
The Indianola senior-to-be lineman verbally committed to the University of Iowa football program on Saturday.
“I’m relieved,” Render said. “Now I can just focus on the high school football season instead of where I want to go to college.”
The 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman said he fielded scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, Illinois State and Northern Iowa.
Render, a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and a Des Moines Sunday Register all-state selection, said he also received interest from schools such as Kansas State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan State and Minnesota.
But in the end, it was the Hawkeyes and the Cyclones who were the last two standing.
Render said the Iowa coaching staff sold him.
“Iowa State has a great coaching staff, too, but I just felt a little more comfortable around the Iowa coaching staff,” he said.
Render said he made the decision several weeks ago but waited to announce the decision until Saturday after meeting with Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz in person.
“I kind of wanted to do it in person instead of over the phone,” Render said.
No one knew of his decision until Saturday, with the exception of a few lucky close ones to Render.
He said keeping it under wraps wasn’t difficult.
“It wasn’t too hard,” Render said. “I’m sure it was harder for my parents to keep under control.”
Render, a three-sport star for Indianola in track and basketball, shined at football as a two-way player for the Indians. He played both sides of the ball on the line.
“He’s a big body and extremely athletic,” Indianola coach Eric Kluver said.
Render said he’ll most likely redshirt his freshman year and play on the offensive line either as a guard or interior lineman.
“If there’s a program for developing offensive lineman, it’s the University of Iowa, so I would say that that he has a great opportunity to become an awfully good lineman,” Kluver said.
The 17-year-old joins another heavily recruited Iowa high school lineman, Cedar Falls’ Ross Pierschbacher, to commit to Iowa. Render’s announcement comes a day after New Jersey linebacker Jameer Outsey picked the Hawkeyes over Pittsburgh.
Render said he’ll try to keep Pierschbacher, who has also received interest from schools such as Alabama, from changing his mind on his commitment.
“It’s his decision but I’ll try to get him to stay here,” Render said.
Render didn’t think it would be much of a problem.
“I think he will (stay),” Render said of Pierschbacher.
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