The Iowa football staff hosted their first class of 2019 junior day two weekends ago. The event brought in more than a dozen of the Hawkeyes’ top targets in the class of 2019 and a few from 2020 as well. By all accounts, the event was successful and well-received by the recruits.
Perhaps no recruit had a better experience than New Hampton, IA offensive lineman Noah Fenske, who left Iowa City with his first power 5 scholarship offer. It was a dream come true for Fenske. He told HawkeyeNation, “It was so surreal. It’s something that I dreamed about since I was about three years old.”
It was particularly special due to some unfortunate circumstances. Fenske lost his older sister, Sam, to suicide when he was in eighth grade. She had been a big Hawkeye fan.
A little less than two weeks later, Fenske went from fan to Hawkeye as he announced his commitment to Iowa.
The commitment is big on a couple fronts for the Hawkeyes. Obviously, keeping a talented offensive lineman from in the state at home is always a positive. But in addition, Iowa is hosting yet another junior day this weekend with dozens of their top prospects slated to be in Iowa City. Fenske will be among them and is now among the Hawkeyes’ four commitments in the class of 2019, joining fellow offensive linemen Ezra Miller and Tyler Endres, as well as tight end commit Logan Lee. He’s also the third commit in the class from the Hawkeye state.
While not currently rated by any of the major recruiting services, Fenske isn’t exactly an unknown. He chose to commit to the Hawkeyes over offers from both North Dakota and South Dakota State and had interest from Iowa State and Minnesota.
He’s a big body for a guy who projects at guard, standing 6’5” and 280 lbs at the end of his junior year in high school. He also flashed good footwork and a bit of a mean streak. Those are signs of good things to come if history is any indication with Kirk Ferentz and Iowa offensive linemen.
Here’s a look at his profile.
Hometown: New Hampton, IA (New Hampton)
Welcome aboard Noah Fenske!