Iowa Football benefitted from landing Dane Belton from Tampa (FL) Jesuit in the 2019 recruiting class. The Hawkeyes hoped to find another hit there Wednesday when offering a scholarship to ’24 Tiger linebacker Drew Woodaz.
“Iowa has always been a school I’d love to play at because of the success they’ve always had,” he told HF.”I love how solid their defense is and how it’s always dominant as well as their leadership by coaches and production of players.”
The Hawkeyes followed Cincinnati, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh and others in offering Woodaz a scholarship. He’s also visited Clemson and Oklahoma on multiple occasions. His brother, Wade Woodaz, signed with Clemson as a member of the ’22 Class.
Iowa found a fit for its defense in the younger Woodaz.
“They loved my length and ability to make plays as well as my projectables,” Drew Woodaz said.
Woodaz (6-3, 205) camped with the Hawkeyes during the summer of 2021. He hoped to get back on campus again.
“I really want to build relationships with all the coaches and everyone on the staff,” he said.
Woodaz is considering college majors in Construction Management or Criminal Justice. He’s sorting through his opportunities.
“All schools are definitely in play. Some stand out more than others, like the ones who text me every day. It doesn’t go unnoticed, and they’re probably on top,” he said.
Rivals, 247Sports and On3 all rank Woodaz as a three-star prospect. 247Sports tabs him as the No. 43 linebacker nationally in ’24, while On3 puts him at 76.
According to MaxPreps.com, Woodaz totaled 92 tackles (59 solo, 2.0 for loss) as a junior in the Fall. He added a pair of sacks, an interception and 11 passes defended.