During Kirk Ferentz's first 15 years as Iowa head coach, the staff has experienced a lot of success with position changes. Mackey Award winning tight end Dallas Clark started at linebacker and Outland Trophy winning left tackle Robert Gallery began his career at tight end.
The coaches have a knack for projecting high school quarterbacks to other spots when they arrive on campus. The top two all-time leading receivers, Marvin McNutt and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, called signals as preps. The same can be said for Ed Hinkel (WR), Brett Morse (FB), Adam Shada (CB) and Jeff Tarpinian (LB), to name a few.
Now, the Hawkeyes think they may have a quarterback that could develop into a left tackle. That's how they view superb Downers Grove (IL) North High athlete David Edwards.
Edwards visited Iowa this weekend. He spent a lot of time talking with coaches about their vision for him.
"They see me as a tight end that will eventually develop into a left tackle," the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder said. "I got a good feel this weekend that they have a track record of offensive linemen and tight ends that play in the NFL. They are huge in their offense."
Edwards reports scholarship offers from the Hawkeyes, Illinois, Indiana, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin. They all like him at tight end despite his running the option offense in high school from the quarterback position.
"I don't care what position I play. I just want to play," Edwards said.
Edwards, who also plays basketball, feels good about what the Iowa coaches are telling him in regards to playing offensive line.
"I think they see my frame and say they can add onto it. Iowa is one of my top schools," Edwards said.
Edwards said that Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin are up there with the Hawkeyes as his favorite schools. He said he will visit Illinois and Ohio State soon.
Edwards said he plans to study business in college with a focus on finance. He would like to commit to a school in the summer.