Schrage Continues Aplington-Parkersburg Success

Many people are not aware of Aplington-Parkersburg high school. That is largely due to it's rural setting. However, it has produced more NFL players (5) than any other high school in the state of Iowa. Those players have included former Hawks Casey Wiegmann and Jared DeVries. Aaron Kampman will likely add to that list this year. Will Taylor Schrage be in the same situation five years from now?

6'2 190 Taylor Schrage is one of four in-state prospects the Hawks have offered so far in the early recruiting process. caught up with Aplington-Parkersburg Head Coach Ed Thomas about Taylor's recruitment and more.

"Taylor has been offered by both Iowa and Iowa State," Coach Thomas said. "Kansas State is showing a lot of interest and could be on the verge of offering. Nebraska and Colorado are the other schools showing interest. Taylor will attend camps at Iowa, Iowa State, and Kansas State this summer."

So have the new Iowa ties on the Kansas State roster helped their chances in the early recruitment of Taylor?

"Coach Elliot is recruiting Taylor from Kansas State. Coach Bielema has had no contact so far. Taylor has known Coach Elliot from attending camps at Iowa State. However, he has a brother at Iowa State also (walk-on TE Landon Schrage). I do not think either of those will influence Taylor's decision as he will make the best decision for himself on where he fits in best. I think it is most likely that he will make his decision before the start of the football season."

Obviously, Coach Thomas has been around the coaching circles for many years with great success. He was the coach of all the former Hawkeyes that were produced from Aplington-Parkersburg. Has Coach Thomas noticed a difference from Coach Fry to Coach Ferentz?

"Both are first-class coaches. The way they handle the young student athletes is really first-class. I believe Coach Ferentz is doing a good job of carrying on the tradition of Coach Fry."

Speaking of a same scenario, does Taylor remind Coach Thomas of any of his former D1 products?

"Taylor is in the same mold of all of them. Jared DeVries was only 215 when he left here. I think Taylor will be on defense and should be a very good OLB. Taylor has a great work ethic to go along with a great heart. He loves contact and has very quick feet making him an ideal OLB. He was the third fastest in the 40 at Iowa State and had the best pro agility. He ran a 15.3 in the 110 high hurdles and is around the 11.3/11.4 range in the 100."

"Taylor will be an attribute for the school he chooses because he represents the great student-athlete. He provides leadership and has his best years ahead of him. He is at a 2.87 right now so he will have no problem qualifying."

Certainly, Iowa would love to continue the Aplington-Parkersburg pipeline. Taylor Schrage will be making a decision within the next few months. Now it will be time for the Hawks to show why there is no reason for Aplington-Parkersburg to not continue to bleed Black & Gold.

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