The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn offensive lineman called the Hawkeye coaches on Wednesday, a day after receiving an Iowa scholarship offer, to say he'd accept the opportunity.
" "It feels great. It's nice to be able to just focus on high school football for the rest of the summer and fall," Waechter said.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound projected tackle was going to wait until his visit to tell the coaches if he kept having the good feeling about the school.
"I talked it over with my family. I just couldn't wait any longer!" Waechter said.
Waechter brings Iowa's 2015 recruiting class to nine known verbal commitments, six of which come from within state boards. He joins Jake Newborg and twins, Levi and Landan Paulsen, as offensive linemen from small schools in Northwest Iowa among that group.
"Northwest Iowa has the best football in the state and the players are the hardest working, too," Waechter said.
Waechter suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the second week of his junior season. He underwent surgery and then was restricted from football contact until May 1. He camped at Iowa a month after that.
The Iowa coaches like what they saw from him and offered a scholarship on Tuesday. He contacted them back a day later.
"I called Coach Brian Ferentz (Wednesday) and told him I wanted to be a Hawkeye. He was excited. Then, I called the head coach (Kirk Ferentz) and told him as well. He was also excited," Waechter said.
Waechter hails from a football family. His uncle, Henry Waechter, played at Epworth (Iowa) Western Dubuque High, Nebraska and then was on the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Bears.
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High listed its '12-13 PK-12 enrollment at 677 students. that ranked it No. 185 among Iowa's 348 public schools.
"It means a lot to my family after all the hard work we've put in with missing last year and even beyond that. It's pretty awesome for our school because we've only had like one or two other people try Division I and those were a long time ago," Waechter said.