For the second time in a little more than a year, Waechter will undergo shoulder surgery. His latest procedure is scheduled for Thursday.
The injury cost him all but two games of his junior season. He made it through the majority of his senior campaign.
This surgery will keep Waechter from contact in spring ball. He said he would be fully cleared by June, if not sooner.
"Re-injuring my shoulder confirmed my thoughts that I wanted to leave high school early," he said. Also, I'm done with high school. I already have 22 credit hours of college done including all of my (general education courses). I'm undersized and an extra semester under Coach (Chris) Doyle would be helpful."
"Undersized" is 6-foot-6, 255 pounds. Waechter is expected to start out at offensive tackle in college.
The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High senior returned to Iowa City this weekend for his official visit. He'd made plenty of stops at the school before.
"It was pretty similar to the two-day visit I took this summer with (fellow Iowa commits) Jake (Newborg) and Levi and Landan (Paulsen). This was a little bit more in-depth and there were only four of us there so there was more personal time with coaches," he said.
"We just hung out, walked around downtown a little bit, visited another player's house then just went back to his place for a bit," Waechter said. "Mostly just small talk but also about what it's like down there. He talked to Blake a lot about what it's like being a walk-on, so that was good for him to get to know."
Waechter, who will major in Mechanical Engineering, made his rounds with the coaches.
"I talked to pretty much all of them," he said. "Kirk and I just talked some small talk and about how he's excited that I'm coming down at semester, even though they don't advocate it. Brian Ferentz talked about how excited they are about my whole class and about how we are a huge part in the future.
"Coach Doyle talked me through the recovery process and let me know that I'll be working out still. His quote was "your shoulder will be injured, not the rest of your body" and that was great news because it means I'm not going to just be watching all spring."