Iowa has landed its 17th known verbal commitment in the 2014 recruiting class and it didn't have to go for to get him. Waukon's Parker Hesse pledged to the Hawkeyes on Monday after visiting the school he confirmed in a text message on Tuesday morning.
The Iowa Newspaper Association named Hesse a first-team all-state linebacker, the position at which he's being recruited by Iowa. He also started at quarterback for the Indians.
The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Hesse also reported scholarship offers from South Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Western Illinois. He said that Minnesota and Northern Illinois were showing interest.
"When you match his talent, his knowledge, and the effort he gives, you end up with a special player," Waukon Coach Chad Beerman said.
Hawkeye Insider watched Hesse at the state semifinals and finals this month. Here is a highlight package from the semis. Here is our story and video interview.
Hesse helped Waukon to the state title game where it lost on a last-second field goal to Carroll Kuemper. He ran for 87 yards and a touchdown and threw for 223 and three scores. He picked off a pass on defense.
Iowa loses three senior starters at linebacker after this season and four of the verbals in the '14 class are projected to play that position. Hesse, Aaron Mends, Ben Niemann and Jameer Outsey are being recruited for the second level on defense.
The Hawkeye coaches are restricted from talking about recruits until the sign a national letter of intent in February of their senior year. Coach Kirk Ferentz anticipates that this year's group will total about 20 players.