While Pella (IA) athlete Austin Schulte works on transitioning to defensive end, his recruitment has seen a spike since early spring.
Schulte, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker, has camped at Iowa and Iowa State in the last two weeks where he has worked at defensive end. While Schulte plays linebacker at Pella, most schools see his greatest potential being on the defensive line at the next level.
“I think camp went well,” Schulte said. “D-end is not a position I’ve played in high school, so it’s still a learning experience for me. I just didn’t feel super comfortable doing anything, but that’s just because I haven’t played that position before.”
Schulte already had offers from North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota and South Dakota State before Iowa joined the mix as his first Power 5 offer last weekend following camp. Iowa State didn’t immediately offer Schulte after Saturday’s camp, but he did meet with coach Paul Rhoads to discuss the Cyclones’ interest and his recruitment.
“I had a good talk with Coach Rhoads and where they’re at with recruiting me. I feel like that explained a lot of things that I had questions about,” Schulte said. “He said he was going to be honest with me, and he was. He said one of the big things for them, why they didn’t offer me, was because I didn’t look like I was natural at what I was doing. I totally agree with him myself. He liked seeing me work out and stuff. I think I can get an offer from them later on.”
Schulte has known schools view him as a defensive end in college since his recruitment began several months ago. Now he’s putting in the work to make the transition down the road.
The last two weekends at Iowa and Iowa State have provided an opportunity to learn from Division I coaches in making that switch.
“At Iowa I learned the defensive end position from a running standpoint and stopping the run and at Iowa State it was more focused on pass rushing,” Schulte said of the in-state camps. “So it was good to get both sides of that so you can be a complete player at that position.”
Schulte will camp at North Dakota State next weekend and hopes to commit somewhere in early July.