Iowa’s football recruiting rampage is continuing, with two-sport Ankeny star Brody Brecht on Friday making public his verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes.
He will attend Iowa on a football scholarship as a wide receiver, but plans to play baseball, too. A recent conference call with Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz and baseball coach Rick Heller gave him comfort. They assured Brecht that they would do their best to make his dual-sport goal a reality. (Heller has done the same dance with Connor McCaffery, a guard on the Iowa basketball team and a slugging outfielder in baseball.)
After those conversations, Brecht said he felt it was time to follow his heart, picking Iowa over Iowa State — which doesn't have a baseball team. Brecht, who owns a 90 mph fastball, projects as a pitcher in college.
"I felt Iowa could get me to the NFL and develop me best, and I wanted to play baseball," Brecht told the Register. "(Iowa State) handled it very well, (was) super cool about it and said they still support me and will cheer for me."
Brecht had been on the Hawkeyes’ radar for a while and affirmed his potential with a 4.45-second dash for 40 yards this spring. That’s blazing for an athlete who checks in at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds. Asked what the sales pitch was from Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, Brecht responded: "They’ll get their playmakers the ball. And I want to be that playmaker."
The Register ranks Brecht as the state's No. 6 overall football prospect; Rivals and 247Sports each rate him with three stars. He projects in football as a more rangy "X" receiver, the same position senior-to-be Brandon Smith plays for Iowa. Brecht amassed 35 catches for 796 yards last season for the Hawks.
“Added a BIG TIME weapon to the Hawkeye arsenal!” Hawkeye assistant coach Jay Niemann, who leads Iowa’s in-state recruiting efforts, tweeted Friday without naming Brecht. “This one is a game changer. … 2021 class is on (fire).”
Brecht is commitment No. 14 in Iowa’s roaring 2021 class, which ranked sixth nationally as of Friday afternoon, according to 247Sports and Rivals. He is the fifth pledge to Iowa over the past nine days and seventh since the COVID-19 pandemic halted sports as we know it.
Yet the Hawkeyes continue to power ahead with recruiting momentum.
Brecht is the second wideout collected by Iowa in a span of four days; projected slot receiver Arland Bruce IV of Olathe, Kansas, committed Tuesday. The Hawkeyes may take one more receiver yet in their 2021 class.
Iowa's 2021 recruiting class*
DE Jeff Bowie, 6-foot-5, 242 pounds, West Branch
WR Brody Brecht, 6-4, 200, Ankeny
WR Arland Bruce IV, 5-10, 185, Olathe, Kan.
OL Connor Colby, 6-6, 275, Cedar Rapids
OL David Davidkov, 6-6, 290, Winnetka, Ill.
S Cooper DeJean, 6-2, 198, Ida Grove
OL Gennings Dunker, 6-5, 280, Lena, Ill.
LB Jaden Harrell, 6-2, 220, Urbandale
DT Griffin Liddle, 6-3, 275, Bettendorf
DE Max Llewellyn, 6-5, 230, Urbandale
CB Jordan Oladokun, 5-11, 180, Tampa, Fla.
OL Beau Stephens, 6-6, 305, Blue Springs, Mo.
LB Justice Sullivan, 6-2, 225, Eden Prairie, Minn.
LB Zach Twedt, 6-3, 216, Story City
*—known commitments; sizes according to Rivals.com