Posted by: marcmwm | June 7, 2009

First offer wins over Illinois DE

Lane Tech defensive end Louis Trinca-Pasat committed to play football at the University of Iowa, according to Saturday’s Chicago Sun-Times.

Trinca-Pasat, a 6-2-, 230-pound D-lineman, picked the Hawkeyes over offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Stanford, Colorado and Illinois. In the end, Trinca-Pasat received eight offers, quite a feat for a relative newbie. He didn’t start playing football until high school.

“Iowa was my first trip. I attended their junior day and they offered me before I left campus. The coaches said I hustled and I was athletic on the defensive side of the ball,” Trinca-Pasat told the Sun-Times. “It was shocking to get an offer. I didn’t know what to say. I was speechless.”

Trinca-Pasat told that he plans to graduate at mid-semester from Lane Tech and enroll at Iowa in January. He also plans to play football in Australia this summer.

Trinca-Pasat is Iowa’s fifth verbal commitment for the 2010 recruiting class. He joins LB James Morris — who was voted named linebacker MVP of the Nike camp/combine in Champaign, Ill., this weekend, according to HawkeyeReport’s Tom Kakert — LB Austin Gray, LB Jim Poggi and DT Anthony Ferguson.

Iowa now has five defensive recruits in a class that will range from 15 to 20.



  1. Piling up the prospects in the front 7 on D … I like it.

    Also impressive company we were in in offering in: Michigan State, Wisconsin & Illinois out of the Big Ten … and Stanford.

  2. I think he’s a future DE, depending on his wheels.

  3. There is some video of him out there on the Youtubes that makes it appear as though he has a good motor. Although it’s tough to gauge the competition, what with me not being from Illinois and all. He played some WR in the videos and it looks like he can scoot.

    I hope I’m not the only one who is really enjoying the kids the coaches are snagging this year and last. They all seem like good character guys, at least from what you’ve told us Mr. Morehouse, although who knows what will happen once they actually get on campus.

    Now let’s see if they can snag a few of the big fish (Seantrel Henderson anyone?). As long as they can help the team.


  4. Most things I’ve seen suggest that he’d have very good speed for a DE …. and he’s supposed to have a motor to match.

    The benefit of him not having played football for all that long may be that the coaches may not have as many “bad habits” to break with him. The kid seems to have a nice ceiling … definitely a solid pickup!

  5. Gravel, thanks for the heads up on the Trinca-Pasat YouTubes. I’ll track them down and link up.

  6. Question? How do the Hawks only have 15 to 20 scholarships to offer? Every year they seem to sign 20-25 and they have several who have left for various reasons. Do 5th and 6th year guys get scholarships still? Might explain some of it. I just don’t get how other schools have so many commits compared to Iowa. Maybe our drop out rate isn’t as bad as it seems.

  7. Josh, I think it has to do with the small senior classes Iowa has had the last two years. Also, a few schollies have gone to walk-ons — Daniel Murray, Paki O’Meara and others (Jayme Murphy?). Plus, Iowa is now in the grayshirt business. Iowa has only used one (Jake Reisen), but it’s offered more than it has in the past.

    Fifteen is the number Kirk Ferentz has thrown out there for this class. Coaches never give you an exact number. Iowa always keeps a few banked for walk-ons, too.

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