Despite interest from a number of other Division I programs, the vision of Ankeny Centennial offensive lineman Trey Winters saw his football future in Iowa City. After the 6-foot-6, 305-pound Winters accepted a walk-on opportunity with the Hawkeyes, we caught up with him to discuss his decision and much more.
Q: Why did you end up picking Iowa?
WINTERS: I just felt that I could see myself going there better than any of my other choices, and the facilities are also hard to beat.
Q: What other schools were considered?
WINTERS: UNI was the next biggest. It was a tough choice between those two really, and Kent State was talking very late with me.
Q: How important were the coaches in your decision at Iowa?
WINTERS: It was a pretty big factor. The staff at UNI was great, however the reputation that Coach Ferentz has is very impressive and everyone else is great.
Q: What was the hardest part of the recruiting process for you?
WINTERS: Probably getting my name out. I didn’t go to a lot of football camps until this summer, so it gave colleges just a few chances to look at me.
Q: What was the reaction from the Iowa staff when you committed?
WINTERS: I called Coach Morgan and he was very excited about the news. He got all the papers sent down and I signed my letter of commitment.
Q: How do they see you fitting into their system?
WINTERS: I feel that I will make a big impact going into the second year there.
Q: What was the reaction from your family when you picked Iowa?
WINTERS: Everybody in my family was pretty much equally excited. They all had a big role in helping me through the process and helping me become who I am.
Q: What are your plans to get ready for the college level?
WINTERS: I know that I need to become more agile and plan on conditioning more while playing rugby.
Q: Do you know when you plan on reporting?
Q: How do you feel about Iowa’s recruiting class for 2018?
WINTERS: I feel like they seem like a great group of guys and can’t wait to get to know them.
Iowa's Class of 2018 walk-ons:
Colton Dinsdale- 6-foot-0, 212-pound LB from Reinbeck, IA (Iowa Western)
Nick Anderson- 6-foot-3, 230-pound LB from Waukee, IA (Iowa Western)
Matt Fagan- 6-foot-5, 265-pound OL from Council Bluffs, IA (St. Albert)
Turner Pallissard- 6-foot-2, 220-pound FB from Frankfort, IL (Lincoln-Way East)
Blair Brooks- 6-foot-3, 190-pound WR from Marion, IA (Marion)
Connor Ruth- 6-foot-0, 215-pound FB from Seward, NE (Seward)
Kordell Stillmunkes- 5-foot-9, 180-pound WR from Cuba City, WI (Cuba City)
Luke Empen- 6-foot-7, 230-pound TE from Goose Lake, IA (Northeast)
Mitchell Riggs- 6-foot-2, 215-pound LB from West Des Moines, IA (Dowling)
Kyle Sorensen- 6-foot-6, 250-pound OL from Waukee, IA (Waukee)
Nathan Nelson- 6-foot-4, 230-pound DE from Waukee, IA (Waukee)
Mike Timm- 6-foot-1, 220-pound LB from Wales, WI (Kettle Moraine)
John Carlson- 6-foot-4, 190-pound LB from Bondurant, IA (Bondurant-Farrar)
Joe Evans- 6-foot-3, 210-pound LB from Ames, IA (Ames)
Brian Sadler- 6-foot-2, 280-pound OL from Jesup, IA (Jesup)
Jake Morrison- 6-foot-3, 215-pound LB from Waukee, IA (Waukee)
Ben Subbert- 6-foot-4, 235-pound TE from Williamsburg, IA (Williamsburg)
Trey Winters- 6-foot-6, 305-pound OL from Ankeny, IA (Centennial)
Monte Pottebaum- 6-foot-2, 220-pound FB from Larchwood, IA (West Lyon)
Jaden Snyder- 6-foot-2, 205-pound DB from Larchwood, IA (West Lyon)