The top football players around the country may have signed their Letters of
Intent today but Iowa Preps takes a look ahead. A number of in-state
athletes have already shined among their peers. See who is mentioned in
this free article now!
Alex Moerer, Waverly-Shell Rock, Defensive Lineman Moerer is a
big body in the trenches who helped Waverly-Shell Rock to the playoffs again as
a junior. He has dominated in athletics and is also involved in a school
musical and the speech team among other things.
Blake Gimbel, Marshalltown, Quarterback The numbers that Gimbel
has posted makes him one to keep an eye on but is he a product of the Bobcat
system? Time will tell but this junior finished with 3,979 yards passing
during the fall.
Bryce Sweeney, Sioux City Heelan, Offensive Lineman Heelan has
sent a number of players to the major Division I level over the years and
Sweeney has the size to be a sought after recruit. 6-foot-6, 300 pound
athletes don't grow on trees every year.
Dante Copeland, Panorama, Offensive Lineman Copeland is already a
three year starter for Panorama. His ability to dominate in the trenches
helped his team to an undefeated regular season in 2011 along with a district
Derrick Willies, Burlington, Wide Receiver Willies may not have
played varsity as a sophomore but he used his 6-foot-3 frame to total nearly
1,000 receiving yards. Expect double team after double team to come his
way as a senior.
Note: Willies recently transferred to Rock Island (Illinois) and will not be an Iowa prep during the 2012 season).
Dondre Alexander, Iowa City West, Wide Receiver While playing for one of Iowa's best
teams, Alexander caught 65 passes for 974 yards during his junior campaign.
He has also shined on the basketball court for the Trojans as well.
Jake Campos, West Des Moines Valley, Offensive Lineman At 6-foot-8, 260 pounds, Campos has
the size and height that college coaches seek. He received an offer from
Iowa State after he played his first varsity game. Iowa and Purdue have
also extended scholarships.
Jesse Ertz, Mediapolis, Quarterback Ertz has played a lot of downs at the varsity level
over the years and it continues to pay off. His overall athleticism and
size will help him receive a number of evaluations at the college level.
Joel Lanning, Ankeny, Athlete Lanning is a gamer and has proven to be a standout in
a handful of different sports. If football is what he ends up doing, his
question is up in the air after playing quarterback the last two seasons.
Jon Wisnieski, Dowling Catholic, Tight End Wisnieski may not have put up big
receiving yards but his combination of size, speed, and strength have helped him
snag scholarships from the coaches at Iowa and Purdue. Expect more to come
his way as well.
Kyle Starcevich, Southeast Polk, Quarterback The Rams have a deep pipeline of producing
talented quarterbacks and Starcevich is next. This soon to be three year
starter threw for 29 touchdowns and 2,291 yards over his junior year.
Ricky Williams, Oakland Riverside, Offensive Lineman Williams may be a small school lineman
but his size and footwork are something that few can match. He is also a
monster on the basketball court and will see recruiting attention coming there
Sam Raridon, West Des Moines Valley, Defensive Tackle Raridon has football in his bloodlines
and his play in the trenches has helped him earn an offer from the coaches at
the University of Iowa. Defensive tackle is a sought after position in
Trev Hadachek, Union, Athlete Hadachek is one of Iowa's most versatile
athletes in the Class of 2013. He has shined at quarterback, wide
receiver, and defensive back during his prep career. Eastern Illinois has
extended an early offer.
Zach Skibinski, Heelan, Defensive End At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Skibinski has the size
that college coaches seek off the edge. He led the Crusaders with 18
tackles for loss and added five sacks along the way as well.