Hawks Host Witt

Iowa played host to Illinois offensive lineman Justin Witt on Saturday at its barbecue. The Class of 2016 prospect talked about what he saw and heard at the event.

It could be a long way to commitment day for Justin Witt. But you never know if you might meet a future college teammate when you visit campuses.

Perhaps that was the case for the Class of 2016 offensive lineman from Illinois. The Lincoln-Way West (New Lenox) High prospect spent Saturday afternoon hanging out at Iowa with in-state products Caleb Bright and Jake Heinrich of Urbandale.

"It was cool. They were really nice," Witt said.

While Bright and Heinrich had made multiple trips to Iowa, Witt saw the Big Ten school for the first time when it held a recruiting barbecue.

"The campus was beautiful. I love the coaching staff. They were really friendly to me. I got to meet with some of the players there. They said it's a really cool campus to be at. The football team is great. I had a really good time," the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Witt said.

Witt received feedback from Hawkeye offensive line coach Brian Ferentz.

"We had a few conversations. He really likes me. He likes my size. He said that he will keep in touch with me and he'll keep a close eye on me," Witt said.

Witt shows ability as an agile, athletic big man. He's polishing his skills and learning the intricacies of the position.

"I think I fit well with (the Hawkeyes) offensive line. I think I'm still undersized with weight. I need to gain another 20 pounds but I think I fit there pretty well with them," he said

Witt camped with Notre Dame, Northwestern and Illinois this summer. He planned to see game-day environments this fall.

"I'm definitely going to check it out at Iowa and Notre Dame," he said.

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