Weekend camp yields pair of Iowa football commitments

Andy Hamilton

Cole Banwart planned to spend the summer showcasing his skills at college football camps.

His itinerary featured stops at Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State and Minnesota, but now he has a lot more free time to work on his golf game.

The change in plans stems from a 48-hour turn of events.

Iowa offered him a scholarship Sunday after a weekend camp in Iowa City, and the 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman from Algona accepted Tuesday.

"I've been a Hawkeye my whole life and always wanted to play for the Hawkeyes," said Banwart, the third in-state prospect to commit to Iowa in two days.

Banwart joins a 2016 recruiting class that also includes Cedar Falls offensive lineman Spencer Williams. The Hawkeyes also picked up the first member of their 2017 group Monday night when they snagged a commitment from 6-4, 250-pound Madrid defensive end Coy Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick said interest from the Hawkeyes picked up in recent weeks after Iowa assistant Reese Morgan watched him throw the shot put and discus at the state track meet. The Hawkeyes got a better look at his football skills at the weekend camp and extended a scholarship offer Monday afternoon.

"Once the camp was over, (Morgan) said he loved how aggressive and physical I was and how I really stepped up against the big boys and held my ground," Kirkpatrick said. "I didn't expect something this big yet. … (The offer) came as a total shock."

Banwart said his offer came a surprise as well. He held offers from Northern Iowa, South Dakota and South Dakota State and said Iowa State and North Dakota State were showing interest. He figured the Hawkeyes might ramp up their interest later in the year, perhaps one of the reasons he booked three other camp trips.

But he intends to scrap those plans now.

"I'll probably relax, play some golf and keep working out," Banwart said. "(My golf game) is not terrible. It's OK."