Iowa Eying Ertz

2013 should be a good year for in-state talent in Iowa. One member of the talented class is Mediapolis quarterback Jesse Ertz, who talked with HI about his recruitment and his junior day visit to see the Hawkeyes.

Iowa found a gem in Southeastern Iowa when it landed Keokuk's James Vandenberg. The quarterback received modest attention on the recruiting trail.

The Hawkeyes are poking around the area for another signal caller - Mediapolis' Jesse Ertz. The Class of 2013 prospect seems to be cut out of the same mold as the current Iowa quarterback.

"When (Iowa Assistant) Coach (Reese) Morgan was talking to my coach (Brian Borrison), he said he liked my arm strength and thought I reminded him a lot of Vandenberg," Ertz said.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Ertz attended Iowa's junior day on Feb. 5.

"Going in, I really didn't know what to expect," he said. "I was real excited to go. I ended up having a lot of fun.

"It was cool to see the locker rooms and things like that. I had never seen anything at that level before, so everything was new to me. I met the fill-in quarterbacks coach, Dave Raih. He's a really nice guy. I liked him a lot."

South Dakota State and Iowa State invited Ertz to junior days. He could not make it to SDSU, but will see the Cyclones in March. He attended a few games in Ames last fall.

"UNI called my coach," Ertz said. "They thought I was a senior. My coach told them I was a junior and they said they'd be recruiting me. We just recently sent out my film in the last two weeks and I received a letter from Kansas."

Ertz also stands out in basketball and participates in track and field, in which he ran sprints and threw the discus.

"Growing up, I liked basketball a little bit better (than football)," Ertz said. "Football has probably become my favorite just because the way things have gone. Football is taking up most of my time now."

A pocket passer for much of his football career, Ertz has begun utilizing his athleticism in running with the ball.

"My coach has been talking with me about it and we've been working on it in the summer," he said. "I've become more of a threat that way. I definitely prefer to throw first."

Ertz played safety during the last several games of the season, but he's determined to see if he can play quarterback at the next level. It seems like college coaches are buying in.

"As far as recruiting goes, everything is pretty new to me," Ertz said. "I don't know a whole lot. My family is kind whatever we can to learn more about it. My coach also is helping me out. I'm really just trying to learn right now."

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