Iowa adds physical 2018 running back in Henry Geil

Chris Cuellar

Iowa needs physical athletes for its power run game. On Sunday, it landed a 2018 prospect built for just that.

Green Bay Preble junior Henry Geil committed to Iowa on Sunday morning.

Running back Henry Geil from Green Bay, Wis., announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes on Sunday morning, selecting head coach Kirk Ferentz and his staff over offers from Michigan State, Indiana, Iowa State and others.

The 6-foot-1, 203-pound junior was one of the Midwest’s strongest skill position players at Nike’s Opening Regional in Chicago three weeks ago, and rushed for 768 yards and 14 touchdowns at Preble High School last season.  

“I was always a pretty good athlete, but I never stood out,” Geil told Register affiliate Green Bay Press-Gazette in January. “Just to kind of know that all the work that I put in when I was young, just to know that it is all paying off now, it’s a really relieving feeling.”

Geil is considered a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, Rivals and Scout. In addition to rushing, he returned punts for Preble last season and led his conference averaging 14.4 yards per return. The Hawkeyes offered him in February and he became the team’s second commit of the weekend, following 2019 offensive lineman Ezra Miller of Holstein, Iowa.