Wisnieski Picks Hawks

Wisnieski Picks Hawks

Iowa locked up one of the top seniors in the state on Thursday when Dowling Catholic TE Jon Wisnieski verbally committed to the Hawkeyes.

Tight end Jon Wisnieski tried calling Iowa's head coach Thursday to verbally commit to the school. No luck. Kirk Ferentz was on the golf course.

"He was a little busy so I called his son, Brian (offensive line coach)," Wisnieski said. "He said I should probably keep trying his dad. He'd want to know."

The older Ferentz was part of native Iowan Zach Johnson's gallery at the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities. It was Hawkeye day at the PGA event.

A West Des Moines (Iowa) Dowling Catholic product, Wisnieski became the 16th known verbal in Iowa's class of 2013. He joined Cedar Falls tight end Ike Boettger and Trevon Young, a linebacker from Des Moines Lincoln, as in-state commits in the group.

"I had heard from my coach (Tom Wilson) that Iowa was down to four scholarship offers left in the class," Wisnieski said. "It didn't really rush my decision. I had known for a while that Iowa seemed like the best fit for me. I've been thinking that for a while so I just decided to act on it."

Wisnieski reported scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Mississippi, Nebraska, Northern Illinois and Purdue. He also had interest from Notre Dame, Oregon and Wisconsin.

"A lot of the schools I talked to did a great job, especially Iowa State and Nebraska" Wisnieski said. "I developed a good relationship with them, too. It was difficult to tell them no, but Iowa was the best fit for me. I'm very confident in the decision I made."

Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Wisnieski as a three-star recruit on its five-start scale. The service pegs him as the 33rd-best tight end in the country for his class.

"From the beginning, Iowa has talked to me," Wisnieski said of the Hawkeyes being the best fit for him. "They were the first ones to get in contact with me and they really made me feel at home. It's not very far from home and I have an opportunity to get a great education."

Iowa has enjoyed success putting tight ends into the NFL during Ferentz's tenure. Dallas Clark, Scott Chandler, Brandon Myers and Tony Moeaki finished last season on pro rosters.

"I really like how they use the tight ends," Wisnieski said. "That was definitely a big factor."

Iowa currently is deep at the tight end position even without signing one in the '12 class.

"That really didn't concern me," Wisnieski said. "All I'm going to worry about is just working hard, hitting the weights and focusing on those types of things before I worry about getting playing time."

With recruiting out of the way, Wisnieski can focus on helping Dowling this season.

"It is a big relief being able to get this out of the way," he said. "It's been a very busy process. Not a bad process, though. I'm blessed to be in this situation."

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