Iowa Offers Reiff

Iowa struck gold in South Dakota years back with Riley Reiff. It dipped back into the family with a scholarship offer to his younger brother, 2015 athlete Brady Reiff, last week. He talked about the opportunity and where the Hawkeyes stand with him.

Brady Reiff is waiting to commit to Iowa. The official word seems to be just a formality at this point, however.

The Class of 2015 athlete from South Dakota, and younger brother of former Hawkeye and Detroit Lions lineman Riley Reiff, was offered a scholarship by Iowa last week. South Dakota State also had presented him with an opportunity but it's clear the Jackrabbits are on the outside looking in.

"It was exciting getting an offer to play for a program like (Iowa)," Reiff said. "I really like the coaches. That's where I want to go, obviously."

Asked how the Hawkeyes' offer impacted his recruitment, Reiff said: "It's exciting. I like Iowa a lot. I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully I'll be playing football down in Iowa. I'm with Iowa right now but I haven't committed anywhere. But that's what I like. I like everything about it. I like what they have to offer."

Reiff said he was going to step back and talk things over with his family. He's speaking with Riley about his experiences in Iowa City, which led to him being a first-round NFL pick in the '12 draft.

"Riley is encouraging me to go to Iowa," Brady said. "The whole family is pretty excited."

Brady said he attended several of Riley's Iowa games but has only visited the school once as a recruit. That happened on Nov. 23 when the Hawkeyes knocked off Michigan, 24-21.

Iowa has continued recruiting Brady even though his wrestling schedule kept him from Saturday's junior day at the school. Last Tuesday, he was speaking on the phone with assistant Reese Morgan when he was given the good news.

"I was talking to Reese for a while," Reiff said. "He handed the phone over to Coach (Kirk) Ferentz. He offered me a scholarship."

Reiff said he also has heard from Michigan State and Nebraska during the recruiting process. He visited Lincoln in the fall.

At the same age Brady is now, Riley was 6-foot-6 and weighed 225 pounds, Brady said. At last check, Brady was 6-4 and 215.

"(The Iowa coaches) said it's going to be exciting to see what I'm going to transition into,'" Brady said. "We don't know what my body is going to do, like my brother. He was recruited for D-End and went to offensive line.

"That's kind of the position I'm in right now. They don't really know. I'm just going to go wherever they think is best for me."

Brady said he was unsure when he would commit.

"I'm going to sit down with family and figure out," he said. "I'll wait until I feel the time is right. I think Iowa is the place. I've seen enough."

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