Noah Clayberg tried to look at his college choice analytically, even though his heart kept pulling him toward Iowa.
The two-way wizard, who led Pella's back-to-back state title run, went into his weekend official visit to Iowa City with a clear mind about his top two options: a scholarship to enroll in the fall at South Dakota or a grayshirt opportunity to join the Hawkeyes next January.
Clayberg announced Sunday night that he’s taking Iowa up on its offer. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound safety prospect also had FCS offers from South Dakota State and Western Illinois.
“After a weekend of being there, it was very clear to me that my decision was made and that was my dream that I wanted to chase,” he said. “After sitting down with the coaches and talking to them one-on-one, that really cleared a lot of things up. They have confidence in me and it’s such a great opportunity, they have such great facilities, such a great fan base, amazing coaches and I’m going to be surrounded by players who are like myself and they’re going to push me to do my best, so I don’t know why I wouldn’t jump on that opportunity.”
Clayberg, a member of the Register’s Iowa Eight squad, accounted for 51 touchdowns and 3,541 yards as a dual-threat quarterback during his senior season. He amassed 413 total yards, blocked a punt and had a hand in all six Pella touchdowns in a state semifinal win against West Delaware and followed that up by rushing for 186 yards and two touchdowns and registering two sacks in the Class 3A title game against Norwalk.