Mends Picks Iowa

Aaron Mends became Iowa's 12th known verbal commitment when the Kansas City linebacker pledged to the Hawkeyes on Saturday. See what he had to say in this story.

Aaron Mends had considered committing to a school throughout the week. The Kansas City product kept his thoughts to himself.

So, after finishing practice Saturday morning, he decided it was time. He called the Iowa coaches to let them know.

"I spoke with Coach (Jim) Reid first and then he put me on with Coach (Kirk) Ferentz," Mends said. "They were happy but surprised. He said they had a meeting about recruiting this morning but didn't think any commitments would be coming soon."

Mends plays running back and linebacker Winnetonka High. Iowa plans to first try him at WILL linebacker.

Mends brings Iowa's know verbal commitment tally to 12. Ferentz recently said he could see the group growing to about 18-20 players.

Iowa State also offered a scholarship to Mends. Michigan State began recruiting the 6-foot, 200-pounder.

Mends visited Iowa late last month after camping at the school in June.

"The whole week I was feeling like I would be ready to commit this weekend," Mends said. "After the scrimmage today, it went really well and I was ready to be a Hawkeye."

Iowa almost picked up a commitment from Mends a few times since offering him at camp in early June. He followed his coach's advice and held off until he had no more doubts. He didn't on Saturday.

"The campus is really nice and the team is heading in the right direction,' Mends said. "Coach Reid is a great guy and let me know how much he wanted me to be a Hawkeye.

"The kind of guy Coach Ferentz is also was big. He's humble. He's been at Iowa for years. Other places call him and he stays there. If he's staying at Iowa, there must be something real special at Iowa."

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