Vejvoda Flips to Iowa

Vejvoda Flips to Iowa

Iowa picked up its first tight end commitment in the 2015 Class on Saturday when Illinois prospect Nate Vejvoda switched his pledge from Miami of Ohio to the Hawkeyes.

Nate Vejvoda picked up an Iowa scholarship offer on Wednesday. Three days later, he committed to the Hawkeyes.

The Class of 2015 tight end from Illinois confirmed in a text message to Hawkeye Insider that he told the coaches he'd be coming to Iowa. Vejvoda pledged to Miami of Ohio last month.

"It was my favorite school throughout the recruiting process that I fell in love with during my first visit there. The atmosphere is something I really liked, which included the great coaches, players, and the school itself. I also could not pass up an opportunity to play in the Big Ten, especially for Iowa," he said.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Vejvoda is the 12th known verbal commitment in the '15 group. Players sign binding letters of intent in February.

Scout.com ranks Vejvoda as a two-star recruit. He's also reporting offers from Ball State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Toledo and Western Michigan.

Vejvoda said telling Miami he was de-committing was not easy.

"It was hard but they were really nice about it and wished me good luck. Also told me that if anything changes I would be welcomed back to Miami," he said.

Vejvoda will need to add strength to play in the Big Ten but he has a nice skill set for the position.

"(The Iowa coaches) see me as a developmental player who can step in and be a great Hawkeye in the future. They told me that they can see a great football player in the future as past Iowa football players were. They see potential in me," he said.

Iowa has produced a lot of quality tight ends through the years. Dallas Clark, Nathan Chandler, Brandon Myers, Tony Moeaki and C.J. Fiedorowicz have come through the system since Kirk Ferentz became head coach in 1999.

"It's something I would love to live up to and become a part of," Vejvoda said.

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