As Grant Hermanns sat in his New Mexico home with his family Saturday afternoon, the college football marathon suddenly shifted to a familiar scene.
Hermanns, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound offensive lineman from Rio Rancho (NM), had stopped in Ames on a return trip back to New Mexico in June and picked up an offer on the trip. On that visit he had seen the stadium, and Saturday it suddenly reappeared on TV.
“I think it really hit me when I was watching the Iowa/Iowa State game,” Hermanns said Wednesday night. “I remember being in that stadium and seeing the stadium and then looking at all the seats and everything and they were empty. Then watching the game and seeing it all packed and the atmosphere and the camaraderie between all the guys and the coaches competing out there, it was pretty cool to watch.”
So Hermanns decided to end his recruitment and commit.
Hermanns called Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads on Monday to give his pledge and spent the following day notifying other schools he had committed. He ultimately chose Iowa State over offers from Kansas, Texas Tech, Washington State and several others.
“I think it was the Iowa State game and then I talked to a few of the coaches and it just didn’t feel the same as talking to the Iowa State coaches,” Hermanns said of his decision. “Just the excitement that I had when I was talking to them, when I was calling them, and when I was watching the Iowa State game, I was pumped. I got up in the morning [Monday] and all I could think about was, ‘I want to go to Iowa State, that place is awesome.’”
Hermanns projects as an offensive tackle given his height and, like all incoming freshmen, will spend time bulking up. Iowa State has also talked about the potential Hermanns could transform into a defensive end.
At Rio Rancho, Hermanns is already used to the fast-pace offense.
“They definitely like how I can get to the second level,” Hermanns said of Iowa State. “They like the fact that our offense, we run so fast and get set, and I think that’s one thing they see in me, they see the fact that I can help pick up an offense and maybe lead those guys some and get them going and get them set to the ball as fast as I can. I think the tempo is a big thing they see in me.”
Now, he’s working toward doing that at Jack Trice Stadium.
“It was just really cool to watch all the coaches out there coaching and just the trust,” Hermanns said of the CyHawk game. “There’s so much potential, [we] just have to put it all together. I think that’s one big thing about Iowa State is they have potential and [I have] potential to grow there as well.”