Pat Angerer Chooses Iowa

Bettendorf linebacker Pat Angerer had been feeling a heavy weight on his figurative chest as of late...the recruiting process can be a burden to young athletes, especially when those players are very team oriented. Bettendorf is on the verge of what could be a special season, as they return several key figures from their 9-2 2003 season. With that in mind, Angerer drove to Iowa City on Friday and gave the Iowa coaching staff his verbal commitment.

Many of you reading this recruiting story enjoy this genre of updates almost as much as the actual Hawkeye sports seasons.

Recruiting has become a season unto itself in recent years, and the end is not in sight.

Prospects are getting offers earlier each year and they are making their decisions earlier.

Virginia has 20 verbal commitments to date; nearly all of their recruiting work is done before their season begins.

So there is new pressure in the ‘recruiting game' that might not have been there in previous decades.

Bettendorf prep Pat Angerer was feeling some of that pressure.

His high school team is expected to be one of the best teams in the Midwest. The National Prep Poll put out by Jamie DeMoney and Jeremy Plowman has Bettendorf ranked 6th in the midlands region, an area that includes powerhouse teams such as Blue Springs and Rockhurst, both of the Kansas City area.

So Angerer has been torn between waiting until later in the season to make his college choice and continue to deal with the phone calls from coaches and reporters, or put it all to an end so that he can focus on his senior season.

Today, he chose to the latter, as he drove to Iowa City to tell the Iowa coaches that he was committing to the University of Iowa.

"I feel really good about it," Angerer said. "I feel like something has been lifted off of my chest, and now I can focus on the season."

"I feel like I was putting a lot of pressure on myself, trying to worrying about recruiting and then worrying about our season, it was just too much."

Angerer believed he owed it to his teammates to put such an important decision to rest, so they would have all of his focus and attention in a year that could be special for Bettendorf.

"I care more about my team than myself. I would rather have a two-tackle season and win a state title than have 200 tackles and not win a game."

As a junior, Angerer nearly reached that 200 tackle mark, recording 197. Bettendorf finished with a record of 9-2, losing to Muscatine in the Class 4-A Quarterfinals. Winning the state championship is a goal he shares with all of his teammates.

"We really feel like we have a chance to be really good this year, and there does not need to be anything on the side with me affecting what we can do on the field." Angerer said.

Don't be tricked into thinking that Angerer made a rushed decision; he is very content with joining Kirk Ferentz's Iowa Hawkeyes.

"I woke up one day and I just knew. There are so many reasons why I should go to Iowa, and I could not think of any reasons why I shouldn't. So that just made it very simple for me," said the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder who will be an outside linebacker at Iowa.

Angerer really turned some heads during the spring and summer with his speed. Though he plays middle linebacker for his high school team, he has legit 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, something that will help him make the move to Iowa's ‘WILL' position.

"I think people look at me and don't realize that I can run, but when they see me running all over the place and making tackles, they are surprised."

Angerer was the lone junior to make the 2003 Des Moines Register Elite All State team, a squad that is comprised of all classes of Iowa football. He was also a first team All State selection at linebacker in class 4A.

Angerer is the eighth known verbal commitment for Iowa, and he joins fellow Iowans Tyler Blum and Alex Kanellis in the 2005 recruiting class.

To date, Iowa extended three known offers to instate players, and each of them has given Iowa a commitment.

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