After receiving a surprising Iowa offer this week, Cedar Falls (Iowa) High tight end Ike Boettger tried to be patient. Instead of quickly accepting the opportunity, he and his family decided to wait until a July 9 visit to the school before making a pledge.
That plan didn't last long.
Boettger called the Iowa coaches on Sunday and said he was coming there. He became what is believed to be the 13th verbal commitment in the Class of 2013.
"My family wanted me to wait until the visit, but the more we talked about it the more it seemed like it was already decided," the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Boettger said. "I knew I wasn't going to change my mind. I wanted to go to Iowa."
Boettger camped at Iowa a week ago Friday. He came in to work at quarterback, the position he plays for the Tigers, but after a few reps there, the Hawkeye coaches wanted to get a look at him at tight end.
Up to that point, Boettger wasn't sure where or if he would play college football. He had received luke warm interest from Iowa State and not much else attention.
"Top be honest, I don't think any of it has really sunk in yet," said Boettger, who has played quarterback the last two years and expects to do the same as a senior. "But I know I'm going to the right place."
Boettger becomes the second Cedar Falls player in as many years to commit to Iowa. Class of '12 Running Back Barkley Hill will be a freshman this year at the school. The Hawkeyes also have been in heavy pursuit of the Tigers '14 offensive line standout, Ross Pierschbacher.
"My dad went to Iowa for three years. My grandfather went there. We're Hawkeye fans," Boettger said. "This is pretty amazing."
Iowa could end up with two in-state tight ends in the '13 class. Dowling Catholic's Jon Wisnieski holds an offer and favors the Hawkeyes.