According to IowaPreps.com and HawkeyeNation.com, the Hawkeyes have offered Williamsburg junior Austin Blythe, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman, for the 2011 recruiting class.
Blythe also is a top-flight wrestler. He finished second in Class 2A as a freshman and claimed the title last season.
In IowaPreps.com’s Luke Feddersen’s story here, it sounds as though Blythe is going to have a tough choice — wrestling or football. Of course, it’s been done at Iowa. Kirk Ferentz has referenced Mark Sindlinger, a former Iowa OL and heavyweight wrestler. Recently, FB Jordan McLaughlin dabbled in wrestling. It’d be an ironman-like grind. And, oh yeah, go to school.
It’s a ways off, February 2011, but this is something to track.
EDIT: K.J. Pilcher, the Gazette’s wrestling writer, talked to Williamsburg wrestling coach Grant Eckenrod. Here’s a link to the story on Crossface Chronicles.