Iowa had already offered five in-state prospects for the 2017 class. Four of those five are already committed in Juan Harris, Coy Kirkpatrick, Jacob Coons, and Tristan Wirfs. Offensive tackle Mark Kallenberger of Bettendorf is still uncommitted and weighing his options.
The sixth in-state player to be offered by Iowa for this cycle is Spirit Lake (Iowa) offensive tackle Zach Dykstra. Yes, that means Iowa has already offered three in-state offensive tackles. But they're all very, very good players in Kallenberger, Wirfs, and Dykstra. There's also a couple others they haven't offered from Iowa that are pretty good in Alex Kleinow and Peter Nank.
Dykstra received his offer from head coach Kirk Ferentz during his visit to Iowa City today for the Hawkeyes' junior day event. It was an elite group and he was thrilled with the new offer.
"Yes, Iowa offered," the offensive tackle from Spirit Lake confirmed to Scout. "It's a great feeling. Especially with how well they did last year. Coach Kirk Ferentz said he liked how I played and how I've been developing. It was very thrilling."
In addition to the offer from Kirk Ferentz being thrilling for Dykstra, he also grew up a fan of the Hawkeyes, but Iowa State, too.
"I was kind of an Iowa and an Iowa State fan growing up," he pointed out. "My brother was going to go Iowa State to play basketball and he ended up not going there. So that's why I was kind of a fan of Iowa State. But I've always kind of liked them both because they're the home state teams."
Dykstra is the third in-state offensive tackle the Hawkeyes have offered. Mark Kallenberger of Bettendorf and commit Tristan Wirfs of Mount Vernon also have. He knows that's something he'll have to keep in mind.
"Yes, that is something I'll have to think about," he admitted to Scout.
Despite his fandom of the Hawkeyes and the big offer coming his way, it'll be a decision he waits out for some time so that he ensures he's making it for the right reasons and at the right time with no regrets.
"I just really want to take my time (with this decision)," Dykstra shared. "I want to be absolutely sure I'm going to love where I go."