Sash to Iowa; Fullfills Lifelong Dream

Kirk Ferentz returned from Big Ten Media Day on Tuesday to a pleasant surprise when Oskaloosa athlete Tyler Sash gave the Hawkeyes his verbal commitment. Sash is now the fourth in-state prospect to give the Hawkeyes a verbal commitment in the Class of 2007, and alerted he is working hard on helping the Hawkeyes land #5; Des Moines Lincoln safety Jordan Bernstine.

"It feels great (to be a Hawkeye)," responded Sash when he asked if reports of his commitment to the University of Iowa were accurate.

"It is something I wanted to do since I was a little kid growing up watching Tim Dwight, Tavian Banks, and all those great Iowa players. I mean, I've made one step towards making it there, but I just want to go there and do whatever it takes to play and help the team win."

Sash is one a few dynamic two-way players in the state of Iowa in the Class of 2006, and that has left the door open as to which position he will play for the Hawkeyes.

"Things are kind of open, kind of closed right now. When I went to camp, I worked primarily with Coach (Phil) Parker. I'll probably play safety, but they also said that they know I could play wide receiver. It's up to them; whatever they need, I just want to get on the field," Sash stated.

Sash also ranks as one of the top basketball prospects in the state of Iowa. That option will not be available when he steps foot on campus.

"Coach Ferentz told me it will only be football at Iowa," Sash said. "Iowa State told me I could do both if I went there, but when it came down to it, I had my heart on Iowa; that is what I wanted."

Sash will embrace his last season of basketball this upcoming winter, but says he will be able to handle the change once he arrives at Iowa.

"It'll be different. (Basketball) was my first love growing up . I was always playing, shooting with my dad, and working out. It'll be different, but it'll be nice knowing that I'm a Hawkeye," Sash remarked.

Iowa had previously landed commitments from within the state earlier this spring from Humboldt duo linebacker Tyler Nielsen and defensive lineman Cody Hundertmark along with Bettendorf wide receiver Colin Sandeman.

Iowa currently only has one scholarship left out to an in-state prospect; Des Moines Lincoln safety Jordan Bernstine. According to Sash, he has already built a relationship with Bernstine, and has begun working on him to become the next Hawkeye.

"Actually, Bernstine and I text message a lot. I've told him we should go to Iowa together, and all know we'll work on him. Jordan and I have talked about becoming the Greenway and Hodge in the defensive backfield," Sash stated.

Only a few hours after he had made his commitment, Tyler was asked if his dream had yet to sink in.

"Yeah, I've thought about, but it's going to really hit when I going to a game this year. Just knowing I'll be in a game next with everything about Kinnick Stadium and that football program," Sash concluded.

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