When looking at the possibilities for the first commitment in the 03' class, LB Mike Klinkenborg was a very good candidate. Mike pulled the trigger to capitalize on that opporunity this past Thursday afternoon when he called the coaches to give them the good news.
"I knew I was going to go to Iowa the whole time," Mike said. "It made no sense for me to delay my decision any longer. The coaches are so easy to talk to that I knew it would be the best situation for me the next four or five years."
Kansas State, Northwestern, and Iowa State were the other schools showing heavy interest. A surgery that was performed on Mike two months ago is the biggest reason that Iowa was Mike's only early offer. However, next fall many schools will likely regret not giving Mike the confidence of extending an offer.
"I will not be attending any camps this summer as I want to concentrate on returning to full health. I started running a month after my surgery, and I started lifting with my arms last week. After three months, which should be around May 21st, I will be able to return to do full strength and conditioning."
So what will Mike's summer schedule consist of?
"I will be attending our coaches' acceleration and strength camps every morning from 7 am to 10 am. Then I will probably play some basketball for an hour after that. I also would like to try to do some runnning during the afternoon until I do some programs at the fitness club during the evenings."
Certainly, Mike's parents have been of great help in his recruitment. Mike's father, Myron, informed him he could just work weekends for him during the summer to concentrate on football. That is the kind of family support the Hawks always love to see.
Last season, Mike compiled 146 tackles to go along with four sacks in a defense that does not blitz often. This season, Mike has much bigger goals he would like to accomplish.
"We should have a very strong team next fall. I want to beat Emmetsburg as we have lost to them the past two seasons in the playoffs. My goal is to win it all. I'm fifth all-time in tackles at my high school; Roger Meyer is second on the list. I need around 100 tackles to beat that record. I also need 189 tackles to beat the single season record, which I think I can do since I should be playing in full health."
While Hawk fans will most likely focus their attention on receiving the rest of the Iowa commitments, they will keep a watchful eye on Rock Rapids, IA in seeing the success that Mike achieves this fall. You can bet that he has good luck wished for him from all Hawk fans!