Posted by: marcmwm | February 5, 2009

Ferentz on Getz

4398735_-_oth_-_dakota_getz_-_02_04_2009_-_200103Iowa coaches saw something in Dakota Getz that the rest of big-time college football didn’t.

The Hawkeyes offered Getz a scholarship in late January. The same day, after some thought, Getz called Western Illinois, where he’d already committed, and said no thanks, it’s Iowa.

Here’s part of what Iowa coaches saw in Getz:

The 6-4, 210-pounder enjoyed a tremendously productive career at Meridian High School in Macon, Ill. Yes, it’s a small school, Class 1A, but he led the central Illinois area in rushing (1,775 yards, 26 TD) and passing (2,471 yards, 23 TD). Now, he averages about 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who are the top-ranked team in Class 1A.

Iowa has gone the small-town Illinois route a couple times now in the last two recruiting classes. In 2008, Iowa received commits from TE Brad Herman (Metamora) and QB John Wienke (Tuscola). This year, it’s Getz, who was named the Macon County player of the year.

Iowa sees a Big Ten tight end in Getz, who passed for 4,011 yards and 40 TDs in his career. He also picked off 14 passes on defense. Getz was clearly a running QB, but he spent just one season at Meridian catching the ball,with five receptions for 104 yards and five TDs as a freshman.

The fact that Iowa was the only FBS school that offered Getz didn’t make coach Kirk Ferentz flinch.

“Not at all,” he said. “At least he had an offer, unlike (former Iowa all-American TE) Dallas Clark.

“We try to use our own eyes and opinions. Coaching is a copy cat profession and we borrow ideas that fit with us, too, but there is no topic where copy-catting comes up more than recruiting. It’s amazing where one offer goes out then three will come after it. That happens within conferences. I don’t think we do that. I hope no one on our staff lets that factor in.

“The Dakota Getz story is like the Brad Herman story. We think Brad has a great future in our program.”

Herman did see some time at TE as a true freshman this season and has positioned himself as the No. 3 TE going into next season.

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