Hawkeyes land a linebacker in the state | Lee-fil

STEVE BATTERSON

Iowa’s football recruiting class of 2024 continues to be local.

The Hawkeyes made their third verbal commitment from an Iowa high school prospect on Tuesday when Williamsburg linebacker Derek Weisskopf informed coach Kirk Ferentz and linebackers coach Seth Wallace that he wanted to play for Iowa. .

Weisskopf publicly announced his decision Wednesday on social media with one word, “Engaged.”

He made his decision in person after attending one of the Hawkeyes’ spring training sessions and it came a week after Ferentz offered the 6-foot-3, 205-pound all-rounder a scholarship during a previous visit to the campus.

Weisskopf took advantage of a recent spring break to visit the four programs that had offered him scholarships.

In addition to Iowa, he also toured Iowa State, Nebraska and Wisconsin before settling on the Hawkeyes.

Weisskopf had a productive second season on the football field for a Williamsburg team that finished 8-4 and reached the Iowa Class 2A playoff semifinals.

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He recorded a team-leading 80 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble for the Raiders.

Weisskopf also caught 23 passes for 372 and five touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 41 yards on offense and averaged 21.5 yards on two kickoff returns.

He averaged 15.3 points and 6.6 rebounds in basketball and on track currently shares the best high jump in the state with a jump of 6 feet, 9 inches in an indoor meet hosted by Decorah at the University of Dubuque.

In Iowa’s recruiting class of 2024, Weisskopf is joined by Winfield-Mount Union outside linebacker Cam Buffington and East Buchanan offensive lineman Cody Fox.

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