Good news everyone! Mount Vernon High School class of 2017 offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs announced his commitment to the University of Iowa last night on Twitter. The official Tweet:
Listed at 6'4 or 6'5, 265 to 270lb, Wirfs is rated a 4-star recruit by Scout.com, is the best junior prospect in the state of Iowa and ranks #202 on the Scout 300. 247 Sports agrees, also listing him as a 4-star recruit and considers him the best prospect in the state. Rivals.com, who apparently wants to be rivals with Black Heart Gold Pants, only considers him a 3-star and the third best prospect in the state.
Wirfs talents aren't just limited to football. He's a four-sport athlete who wrestles, plays baseball and was named a state champion in the discus throw. Unfortunately, there isn't any video of him available online but the NCSA does list that he ran a 5.1 40-yard dash, benched pressed 290lbs and squatted 455lbs. Wirfs chose Iowa over Iowa State, his only other offer, but per Hawkeye Central he was also receiving interest from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Nebraska. He's only a junior so it's likely that he would've eventually received offers from some, if not all of those schools (in fact, he probably still will).
Offensive linemen are something that Iowa never seems to be short of. There are 19 currently listed on the roster and only three will be lost to graduation in 2016. Another four will be gone by 2017 and when Wirfs finally gets to campus guys like Boettger, Myers and Welsh will be seniors. With last year's class being light on offensive linemen (only 2), it comes as no surprise that Iowa is going after in-state guys early and often. As it stands right now, Iowa currently holds commitments from three of Rivals.com's Iowa Initial Top 5 for 2017. All three commitments are either offensive or defensive linemen.
Welcome to the show, Mr. Wirfs.