IOWA CITY, Iowa – Brody Clubb served notice last fall that he’d be a name to know when it came to high school football in Iowa. The Clear Creek Amana freshman started and produced at defensive end. That was rare for a first-year player.
Clubb (6-3, 230) ranked fourth on the Clippers with 39.5 tackles (30.0 solo, 3.5 for loss) and added a sack. He caught five passes for 49 yards and a touchdown playing tight end.
College coaches noticed Clubb’s potential. He took game-day visits to Iowa, Iowa State and Missouri. He visited Wisconsin last month and was scheduled to be back there this coming weekend. He’s visited Iowa and Iowa State this offseason and expected to be back at Iowa next week.
Clubb plans on camping at Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Michigan so far, and has been invited to camp with three Ivy League programs. His tour could grow.
Iowa played host to Clubb when it played Minnesota at Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 13. He came back for a junior day this winter.
“I really liked getting to meet the coaches who I’d worked with at previous summer camps,” Clubb told HF. “Being raised a Hawkeye fan and going to games since I was really little, it was just so great to get to see it from the other side and learn more about their culture and program. I also knew a lot of the other recruits so that part was fun. The game day atmosphere was intense and I loved it.”
NCAA rules limit the contact college coaches can have with younger recruits. Still, Clubb is building a relationship with the Hawkeye staff.
“On my visits I’ve had some great talks with coach (Tyler) Barnes, Coach (Scott) Southmayd and coach (Kelvin) Bell. At camp I got to work a lot with coach Bell, too, while coach (Kirk) Ferentz and coach (Brian) Ferentz both watched,” he said.
“I’m hoping that coming up at spring practice I can get to know all of my position coaches better, have more time to talk and am looking forward to building that relationship more.”
Clubb and Iowa still are in the stage of evaluating each other with more than three years left of his high school time. Colleges also are waiting to see how he develops physically before settling on a position.
“It’s been mostly tight end or defensive end with all of the schools so far. I think they’re waiting to see how I end up in terms of size. I love playing defensive end. That’s really my passion. But I’m really open to playing any position where the program I commit to would need me and just seeing where lifting more and everything takes me, too,” he said.
“Some of the feedback I’ve got from coaches at schools I’ve visited has just really been to keep working hard and to keep lifting weights. Mizzou told me that I have a great build and once I get bigger will be unstoppable.”
Clubb averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds for a Clear Creek Amana basketball team that fell one win short of the state tournament during winter. He’s been tossing the shot put for the track team this spring.
He’s also trying to train for football during its offseason.
“Last year, because we had some really talented seniors on our team, I didn’t get used much as tight end. So, I’m looking forward to maybe seeing more action at that position this year,” he said.
“I’m also excited to work on my edge rushing this season. I also really liked playing special teams and would like to keep working on my long snapping and of course block more punts.”
Clubb is focusing on versatility. It can make him more attractive to colleges.
“I think since some of the schools don’t know yet if I’d fit in as tight end or defensive end that I need to keep working on my offense. So I’m playing 7-on-7 this spring to try to improve those skills. I’ve also been working a lot of having aggressive hands this offseason,” he said.