Shaun Beyer waited and wondered what it might mean for his football future as his favorite college program approached its scholarship limit with its 2016 recruiting class.
In the end, the Hawkeyes had a full ride set aside for Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s versatile star senior, and Beyer accepted it Wednesday during a conversation with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
“Throughout the whole process, (Iowa assistant) coach (Reese) Morgan has been saying, ‘We want you on this team, we want you to be a Hawkeye,’” Beyer said. “I trusted him and thought they might have one saved for me or maybe I’d end up with a grayshirt or something like that. I kind of had faith in them, and when coach Morgan came to see me, of all people, on their bye week, I thought that was big.”
Beyer backed out of a commitment to FCS power North Dakota State to become the 24th member of Iowa’s 2016 class. He also had offers from Nebraska, Air Force, Northern Iowa, Illinois State, Western Illinois and South Dakota State, and Indiana entered the picture in recent weeks, as well.
“Shaun has always been a Hawkeye, and his dream was to play at the University of Iowa,” Kennedy coach Brian White said. “It didn’t matter who (else offered). Alabama could’ve come up here and if Iowa stepped up, he was going to be a Hawkeye.”
Beyer said the Hawkeyes recruited him as an athlete. He said he’ll likely begin his career at tight end.
“They said they’ll start me out where I want to (play) and put me wherever the team needs me,” he said. “I’m happy with playing wherever. I’m going to the school of my dreams. I couldn’t care less what I play. Anywhere I can help the team I’ll be happy.”
Beyer played quarterback, tailback, tight end, starred on defense in a hybrid role and averaged more than 45 yards as Kennedy’s punter. He accumulated more than 1,500 yards rushing and receiving and scored 16 touchdowns for the Class 4A runner-up Cougars.
He’s 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds now.
“(Iowa coaches) asked if he could put some weight on,” White said. “A lot of people don’t realize he’s a 6-foot-8 high jumper, and if you can jump 6-8 you can’t be 220 or 230 in high school.
“He’s one of our strongest kids in the weight room, and he could really pack it on if he wanted to. I could see him playing around 230 or 235 without a problem and still being athletic and able to run and jump and all that stuff.”