Iowa dipped into Class 3A state champion Pella’s roster in the 2015 recruiting class and signed defensive lineman Garret Jansen. The Hawkeyes have reached out to the Dutch again for a player at the same position in the current cycle.
Senior-to-be Austin Schulte camped at Iowa on Sunday. Following the drills during which he worked out at defensive end for the first time, he met with assistant Reese Morgan and then sat down with head coach Kirk Ferentz in his office.
Ferentz extended the scholarship offer. It hit the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Schulte pretty hard.
"It was such an amazing moment. At first it didn’t feel real but when it finally set in I was so excited," he said.
Schulte also reports offers from Northern Iowa and North Dakota State. The Iowa opportunity impacts his recruitment, he said, but he’s still wants to go through the process before making a commitment anywhere.
"Iowa is one of my favorite schools," he said. "I’m going to Iowa State’s camp next week and NDSU’s the week after that. Then I’ll start trying to figure it out, where I want to play college football."
Schulte played tight end and linebacker during Pella’s run to the state title last fall. He caught five passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. He racked up 53.5 tackles (15.5 for loss) and sacked the quarterback 4.5 times.
Morgan sees a defensive lineman in Schulte at the college level and worked him out there on Sunday. He liked what he saw.
"I guess I just showed them my athleticism and my ability to learn and be coachable," Schulte said.
If Iowa does end up being the school for him, Schulte would be reunited with Jansen, a freshman there this fall.
"He really wants me to go to Iowa so we can play together," Schulte said. "But he also wants me to make the right decision for myself."