By Tyler Devine
IOWA CITY, Iowa – For Spirit Lake offensive lineman Zach Dykstra, the wait for a scholarship offer from Iowa finally is over.
Dykstra received an Iowa offer on Sunday while attending a junior-day event in Iowa City. He already held scholarship offers from Iowa State, Colorado State and South Dakota State.
Dykstra is excited about the offer, but still sorting through the recruiting process.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Dykstra said. “But I haven’t really had time to think about everything yet.”
Ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Dykstra had what he described as good discussions with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, as well as two current Hawkeye standouts, during junior day.
“C.J. Beathard and Desmond King were there as well as a few others,” Dykstra said of Iowa’s all-Big Ten quarterback and all-America cornerback. “I also got to talk to Kirk Ferentz.”
Dykstra said the Iowa coaches like his style of play and his ability to finish plays.
“They also said they want the best players in the state of Iowa to be Hawkeyes,” said Dykstra, who has no other visits scheduled as of now.
Dykstra was one of two juniors from instate to be offered a scholarship during junior day. The other was West Des Moines Valley quarterback Rocky Lombardi.
Iowa has offered scholarships to at least seven high school juniors from instate.
Four of the juniors already have committed to Iowa. They are North Fayette defensive tackle Juan Harris, Madrid defensive end Coy Kirkpatrick, Mount Vernon offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs and Solon tight end/linebacker Jacob Coons.
Bettendorf offensive lineman Mark Kallenberger also reportedly has an Iowa offer.
Iowa has six players committed to the 2017 class overall. Kansas City defensive back Djimon Colbert was the latest to commit on Sunday. He hadn’t planned on committing, but changed his mind after arriving for junior day.
"To be honest, coming down there at first I had no intentions on committing today," Colbert said Sunday night. "I had always had them at number one, though. So when I got there and felt the atmosphere of the campus and the people, I knew that it was time."
Colbert is one of two out-of-state recruits to commit to Iowa’s 2017 class. The other is five-star defensive end A.J. Epenesa, who is from Edwardsville, Ill., and the son of former Iowa defensive lineman Epey Epenesa. The younger Epenesa committed to Iowa in January.