Austin Schulte played a big role in helping Pella (IA) High win the Class 3A State Championship in the fall. His exploits caught the eye of college scouts.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker/tight end looks the part. He runs well and hits hard.
"I feel like I play downhill and use my size to my advantage. I also feel like I am a solid tackler," Schulte said.
Iowa views Schulte as a linebacker. He plays outside and inside for Pella but sees himself in the middle at the next level.
The Hawkeyes played host to Schutle at its elite junior day last month.
"I really liked the one-on-one time with the coaches and the tour of the new football facility. I feel like I learned a lot about the recruiting process and what the coaches were looking for in a player," he said.
As a junior, Schulte racked up 53.5 total tackles, which included 15.5 stops for loss and 4.5 sacks. He caught five passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. The Iowa Newspaper Association named him a third-team all-state pick as a defensive lineman.
"(The Hawkeye coaches) said they watched my film and liked my style of play, but other than that nothing much was said about me individually," Schulte said of junior day. "When we had our position groups, the inside linebacker coach had a list of things they look for, such as downhill play, high football IQ and fast feet. Then we watched some film of past Iowa linebackers and the coach showed how those past players used those characteristics in games."
If Schulte were to end up at Iowa, he'd be reunited with Pella teammate, Garret Jansen, a defensive tackle, who signed with the Hawkeyes earlier this month.