By Tyler Devine
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa football team received its first non-walk-on verbal commitment in the 2021 recruiting class since June when former Northern Iowa commit native Karson Sharar announced Friday his commitment to the Hawkeyes.
After a great call with @CoachSWallace I am blessed and excited to receive and accept an offer from The University of Iowa!! Thank you for all the support! #swarm21 #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/9oqw4WdFE6
— karson sharar (@karson_sharar) December 11, 2020
“I feel like it’s the best fit for me,” Sharar said. “I’ve always dreamed of playing Power Five football. Iowa is a great school and program and they have anything you could ask for.”
Not only was Sharar’s dream to play Power Five football, it was to play at Iowa.
“I grew up a big fan of Iowa,” Sharar said. “Ever since I started playing my goal was to play college football. Getting the opportunity to play at the highest level is a dream come true.”
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Sharar is the latest in a long line of Hawkeyes who were once committed to Northern Iowa.
Sharar, a native of Iowa Falls, joins former players Brandon Myers, Adam Robinson and Tanner Miller as former Northern Iowa commits to switch to Iowa.
Myers, a native of Prairie City, Iowa, went on to play eight years in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Robinson played two seasons at Iowa, rushing for 1,775 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Sharar, who is listed as an outside linebacker on Rivals.com, is the 17th player to verbally commit to Iowa’s 2021 recruiting class.
Three-star defensive back Jordan Oladokun was the last player to commit to the class on June 21, but reopened his commitment in October.
Sharar joins Justice Sullivan and Jaden Harrell as linebackers in the class.
During his senior season, Sharar had 80.5 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss on defense, and 1,325 total yards and 13 touchdowns on offense.