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Brady Reiff will follow big brother to Iowa

[ 0 ] April 24, 2014 |

As an Iowa football player, Riley Reiff was a man of few words.

The former all-Big Ten offensive lineman, who now starts for the Detroit Lions, preferred to stay out of the spotlight.

His younger brother, Brady Reiff, who committed to the Iowa football team on Thursday, is described as being the same way.

“If it’s possible, he’s less talkative than Riley is,” said Jim Akre, who works as a guidance counselor at Parkston High School in Parkston, S.D., where Brady is a junior. “I think they’re really similar. They’re both kind of quiet. They keep to themselves. They’re not looking for any kind of attention whatsoever.

“They lead by example. They don’t lead by being rah-rah kind of guys. They’re going to let their game talk for them and they don’t try to get any limelight.”

Brady Reiff, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound defensive end, is the eighth player to commit to Iowa’s 2015 recruiting class, all of whom are high school juniors, including five from in-state.

He is ranked as a three-star recruit by Scout.com and as the 66th-best player at his position nationally. He also is a standout wrestler, joining his brother as a multiple state champion in that sport this past season.

“I think athletically they’re pretty similar, similar builds” Akre said of the Reiff brothers. “Riley is a little bit bigger than Brady is, even at the same age, obviously.

“They’re just big, strong kids. They’re like their dad. Their dad was coach here for many years and he was a quiet kind of guy, too. He’s retired now.”

Brady Reiff was familiar with the Iowa program before he started being recruited. His older brother played for the Hawkeyes from 2009-11 and was selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.

Brady figured he already knew enough about the Iowa program that it was time to commit. He also held a scholarship offer from South Dakota State.

“I just felt it was the right time,” Brady said Thursday afternoon in a telephone interview. “I talked it over with my family and I just wanted to get a little pressure off my chest”

Riley Reiff came to Iowa as a three-star defensive end, but switched to the offensive line early in his career. He left for the NFL after his junior season and is one of three Hawkeye offensive linemen to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft under current coach Kirk Ferentz. The other two were Robert Gallery in 2004 and Bryan Bulaga in 2010.

“He just told me to go with what I thought was best for me,” Brady said of the advice he received from his older brother. “He liked my choice.”

Parkston football coach Eric Norden said Brady is similar to his older brother in many ways.

“Personality-wise, they’re very similar,” Norden said. “They’re great individuals and they work hard. I’m just happy for him to have this opportunity.”

Brady said the Iowa coaches are recruiting him as a defensive end. He is about three inches shorter and about 20 pounds lighter than Riley was, coming out of high school in 2008.

“I’ll do anything for the team,” Brady Reiff said. “But, yeah, I like defensive end. That’s where they recruited me at.”

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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