Ertz to K-State

Several former Hawkeye coaches came into Iowa and pursued 2013 Mediapolis athlete Jesse Ertz. Kansas State won the battle.

The courtship between Jesse Ertz and Kansas State was short. They'd also tell you it was sweet.

The Mediapolis (Iowa) High QB verbally committed to the Wildcats on Friday, two days after receiving an offer from them. Western Illinois also offered him a scholarship opportunity on Wednesday.

"I just really liked what I saw there," the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Ertz said. "They run a similar offense (to Mediapolis)."

Iowa played host to Ertz at its camps the last two summers. The Hawkeyes inquired after the event in June if the talented athlete would consider moving to wide receiver.

"I went into the camp knowing that they had a quarterback committed (for the '13 class)," Ertz said. "I told them that (receiver) would not be my first choice, but the door was open."

Ertz's recruitment to Kansas State and Western Illinois had ties to Iowa, even if somewhat distant ones.

Kansas State Coach Bill Snyder served on as Hayden Fry's offensive coordinator for a decade at Iowa. He also was the superior to current Hawkeye Coach Kirk Ferentz, who coached as his line man for eight years.

Del Miller was Wildcats' lead recruiter for Ertz. Miller began his coaching career in '72 at Plainfield (Iowa) High. The Marengo native coached preps in the state for five seasons before joining Bob Commings at Iowa. He then stayed on with Fry until '88.

"Coach Miller had been telling me for a while that he wanted to get me an offer at Kansas State," Ertz said. "I had a feeling it was coming. It's definitely a weight off of my shoulders."

Western Illinois is coached by Mark Hendrickson, a Richland (Iowa) native who played for Pekin High and Northern Iowa, where he lettered for four years as a receiver. He coached Hawkeye special teams for five years in the '90s.

"(Western Illinois) has said for a while that they were going to offer me," Ertz said. "When Kansas State offered, they offered."

Ertz said he performed well at the Kansas State camp, which led to his offer. He started off the summer slowly.

"I just didn't perform up to my standards," Ertz said. "I had a rough go at some of the other places. I think it could have been nerves.

"I really feel like Iowa State was interested going into their camp. I put a lot of pressure on myself and performed poorly."

Ertz made up for it in Manhattan, KS. Now, he's a major conference football player.