Iowa Offers Boettger

Last week, Ike Boettger wasn't sure if he would be playing college football. Tuesday, he picked up a scholarship offer from Iowa. The Class of 2013 in-state prospect explains.

Ike Boettger arrived at Iowa camp on Friday set to work out at quarterback. After a few reps under center, the Hawkeye coaches shifted him to tight end.

"They already have a quarterback commitment in my class and they're not interested in another one," Boettger said. "So, they wanted to see me at tight end. I was very happy with that. Whatever. I was interested in anything."

His willingness to switch positions paid big dividends. The Class of 2013 prospect from Cedar Falls (Iowa) found out on Tuesday that the Hawkeyes were offering him a scholarship.

Boettger played tight end as a prep freshman. He's been a quarterback ever since then.

"I would always run routes for other quarterbacks just for fun," he said.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Boettger said that other than Northern Iowa, Iowa is the only school recruiting him. The Hawkeyes are the first to offer a scholarship.

Boettger is the second player at Cedar Falls to pick up an Iowa opportunity. Class of 2014 offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher also holds a Hawkeye offer.

Iowa has offered a ride to another in-state tight end in the '13 class. West Des Moines Dowling Catholic's Jon Wisnieski picked up his scholarship chance from the school in December.

"I did pretty well," Boettger said of his performance at the Iowa camp. "I just went as hard as I could and did what they told me. They were teaching me everything."

Boettger said Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said he liked his work ethic, family and the way that he carried myself.

"He said he liked how I ran routes and caught the ball," Boettger said.

Boettger might end up playing quarterback for Cedar Falls this fall. There is a competition for the starting position.

Boettger, who reports a 4.7-second, 40-yard dash, did not commit to the Hawkeyes upon receiving his offer.

"I really, really like Iowa," he said. "I've always thought about going there even if it was just for school. But this all came at me really fast. I just started playing tight end. Two days ago, I didn't know any of this was going to happen. Me and my family just need a little time to think because it's going to affect all of us."

Boettger said he should have a decision soon, however.

"I have no plans to visit any other schools right now," he said. "I'm not saying anything for sure right now. I'd say that within the next two to three weeks, I will have my decision made."

Boettger said he plans to major in business in college.


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