Growing up in Western Iowa, Brandon Scherff did not necessarily follow the Hawkeyes as much as other schools when he was younger. But when it came to his recruiting, the Denison native found Iowa standing out more and more ever since they were the first program to offer a scholarship back in January. Today, the 6-foot-6, 295-pound Scherff decided to end the recruiting process and committed to the Hawkeyes.
"I'm a Hawkeye," said Scherff. "I just called Coach Morgan and told him. He was actually on vacation in Wyoming, but said he was really pleased and happy to hear the news."
Scherff chose Iowa over scholarship offers from Iowa State, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Kansas State. What stood out about the Hawkeyes since early on was his relationship with the coaching staff, according to the three-star prospect.
"I really like all of the coaches first of all," Scherff said. "My parents really like Iowa and the coaching staff too. When we visited and met some of the players, I felt like I would fit in really well there."
Among Scherff's future teammates at Iowa will be Harlan native Matt Hoch, who committed last week. Although they are rivals on the field in high school and will play one another in the season opener this year, the two highly sought after prospects helped each other through the recruiting process this summer.
"We've been talking a lot and become pretty good friends," said Scherff. "We'll probably end up rooming together at Iowa."
In high school, Scherff actually played quarterback for Denison up until midway through his junior year when he outgrew the position. Now up to 300 pounds and playing tight end and defensive end, he likely projects at offensive tackle in college.
"Coach Morgan said I could play either offense or defense, but I think offensive line is going to be the best fit," Scherff said. "He told me they only have three spots on the offensive line this year, so I wanted to get in there and take one before it's too late."
Scherff, who is a four-sport athlete at Denison, is glad to have his college decision out of the way early so he can focus on his upcoming senior year.
"It feels great," said Scherff. "I'm really happy with my choice."