MN RB/LB Quinn Hendel will walk-on at Iowa State

Quinn Hendel, a 6-3, 215-pound running back from Plymouth (MN) Wayzata High, has decided to walk-on at Iowa State. He had received interest from Big Ten teams Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa along with Colorado, but did not receive an offer. Hendel rushed 18 times for 110 yards as the Trojans lost Classic Lake Conference rival Minnetonka in the Class AAAAA championship game. He scored on 50- and 6-yard runs.

Quinn Hendel was named first-team All-State by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and was second-team Associated Press All-State and second-team Star Tribune All-Metro Team. He finished the season with 264 carries for 1,689 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Hendel also ran track for Wayzata last season and had a season-best 11.2 in the 100 meters and 23.25 in the 200. He also ran the 4 X 200 meter relay. Hendel is considered one of the top prospects in the state.

Hendel was considering Division I schools Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, Colorado and Kansas along with North Dakota State, South Dakota State, South Dakota and Northern Iowa. Hendel plays tailback for the Trojans, but is projected to move to fullback or outside linebacker.

Hendel visited Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Kansas State last weekend and had offers from Division I-AA schools Northern Iowa, North Dakota State and South Dakota State, but he wanted to play Division I football.

Hendel felt that he has a chance to earn a scholarship early in his career with the Cyclones. Iowa State signed 24 players, but landed just two linebackers.

"They said that I could play speciality teams soon. They are looking at me as an outside linebacker," he said.

Hendel had hoped to spend more time at linebacker as a senior to showcase his defensive abilities to college caoches. Most observers felt that he was too tall to play running back in college.

"It was kind of frustrating not to get the chance to play more on the defensive side. We did not have much depth at running back and the coaches were worried that I could get hurt, which would have affected the team. I would have liked the opportunity, but we did make it to the championship game with me at running back."

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