Iowa Offers Waechter

In-State lineman Brett Waechter camped at Iowa on June 1 hoping to impress the coaches enough to earn a scholarship offer. Mission accomplished. The Hawkeyes stepped up with an opportunity on Tuesday.

Brett Waechter couldn't put into words how he was feeling. That can happen when dream is realized.

The feeling of euphoria was enhanced by the long journey. A shoulder injury ended his junior season two games into it last September. He wasn't cleared for contact until May 1.

Waechter kept himself in good condition while he was sidelined. He put the pads back on for Iowa's camp on July 1.

It worked. The Hawkeyes offered the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (Iowa) High lineman on Tuesday.

"I can't even real describe it," Waechter said. "It's awesome that hard work pays off."

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Waechter said that the Hawkeyes offered him as an offensive lineman with the idea that he'll get his first look at tackle.

"I called Coach Brian Ferentz (Tuesday). He said he was busy at the moment and that I should call Coach (Reese) Morgan. He got in touch with him and after talking to him for a while, he handed the phone to Coach Kirk Ferentz. He said they wanted to offer me," Waechter said.

Waechter did not commit on the phone, he said. He will be back in Iowa City on June 22 with fellow Northeast Iowa standouts Jake Newborg, and twins Levi and Landan Paulsen. They all committed to the Hawkeye in person.

"I don't think I will camp anywhere else. I'll have my decision made sometime before the fall," Waechter said.

Waechter camped at Nebraska on Monday. That was his only stop after being at Iowa on June 1.

South Dakota also offered Waechter a scholarship, he said. Iowa State, Minnesota, Kansas State and other have shown interest and invited him to camps.

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