Mount Pleasant TE Nabs First Offer

Kennedy's Christian French likely won't be the only Division I tight end in Iowa's Class of 2011. Mount Pleasant athlete Henry Krieger-Coble picked up his first BCS offer last week. He'll be camping at Iowa and Iowa State this summer. Find out about the emerging prospect and his recruitment in this Hawkeye Insider update.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy Tight End Christian French as emerged as one of the top players in Iowa for the Class of 2011. Another in-state athlete at the position has begun to grab some attention recently.

Mount Pleasant senior-to-be Henry Krieger-Coble received a scholarship offer (his first) from Iowa State on Friday. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder earned all-state recognition in basketball and baseball last year. A high ankle sprain cost him half of his football season last fall.

"He's a real good receiver," Mount Pleasant Coach Bob Jensen said. "He plays some defense, too, but he's being recruited as an offensive player. He's legit."

Two years ago, Jensen sent Jordan Cotton to Iowa on a scholarship. The Hawkeyes have positioned themselves in the middle of the Krieger-Coble recruitment.

"I think they have a pretty high interest level," Jensen said. "Their tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator (Eric Johnson) wants to see how he performs at camp. If he goes up there and performs well, I think that interest could pick up more. They want to make sure he can put on the weight and play in their system."

Krieger-Coble caught more than 500 yards in passes last season despite hurting his ankle midway through the fourth game and not returning to the field for the balance of the campaign.

"I was going to put him up for all-state, but he only played four and a half games," Jensen said. "I think all of our opponents know how good he is from going up against him in the past."

Jensen estimated that his tight end runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.7-second range.

"He has quite a few schools after him," Jensen said. "The Iowa State offer just happened and I think that will create more and more interest."

Krieger-Coble has been impressed with Iowa State's approach with his recruitment.

"He was pretty happy to get the offer and he really likes their style of offense," Jensen said. "He's going to go to camp there and is excited to get to the know the coaches better and see what it's all about up there."

Jensen said that Krieger-Coble also likes baseball a lot and is considering playing that sport in college.

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