Things have been busy around these parts, what with 12-0 regular seasons and trips to the Big Ten Championship Game and Rose Bowl to discuss and break down. Sometimes little pieces of news fall through the cracks. But now that the crazy ride that is the 2015 football season is slowing down for a few weeks, we can step back and pick up a few of the stories that we missed earlier. For instance, recruiting news!
Iowa's 2016 recruiting class is just about done -- it was heavy on early offers (and early commitments) and hasn't had much room since before this madcap season kicked off, in fact. But another spot in the class opened up after Florida defensive back K.J. Sails backed off his previous verbal commitment to Iowa three weeks ago. A week later, Iowa added another commitment, in-state TE Shaun Beyer.
Beyer was previously committed to FCS powerhouse (and 2016 Iowa opponent!) North Dakota State, but jumped on an offer from his local team and dream school, Iowa, when it was made last month. In addition to NDSU, Beyer also had offers from Nebraska, Air Force, and several FCS schools (including UNI and Illinois State). Beyer is the second tight end with a Nebraska offer to choose Iowa this season, after Noah Fant did the same earlier this year.
Beyer, a consensus 3* recruit, played several positions as a prep at Cedar Rapids Kennedy, but is expected to play tight end at Iowa. At Kennedy he saw time at quarterback, tight end, and tailback, racking up 1500+ yards rushing and receiving and scoring 16 touchdowns this season. He also played defense and even punted (he averaged 45 yards a kick). He's listed at 6-5, 210 right now, so he'll likely need to spend some time in the weight room before he sees much playing time at tight end at Iowa, but the future of that position is a bit murky after George Kittle departs. There will be some playing time available next season opposite Kittle, and plenty of opportunity the following year, after Kittle departs.
You can watch Beyer's highlights below (skip to about the 3:30 mark for RED HOT PUNTING ACTION):
Beyer certainly appears to be good at making athletic, diving catches, doesn't he? He does a good job of timing his jumps and attacking the ball when he's in the air. The blocking highlights are also encouraging -- he seems to enjoy putting guys on rails and moving them several yards down the field. We all know tight ends that can't block (or aren't willing to block) won't see much playing time at Iowa, but based on this brief glimpse, Beyer seems like a willing and able blocker.
Welcome aboard, Mr. Beyer.