Minnesota defensive end Aaron Witt is a guy the Hawkeye coaching staff has been after for quite some time. Despite building some inroads early in the process, Witt spurned Iowa for his home state school of Minnesota.
However, like so many PJ Fleck commits before him, Witt later rethought his decision and decommitted from the Gophers. The Iowa staff was immediately back on him. After a visit to Iowa State last weekend, the Hawkeyes got an official visit from Witt this weekend on their massive recruiting weekend. Witt wasted little time making a decision.
The Winona native brings with him a great frame at 6’5”. He can add some good weight to the current 230 pounds under Doyle’s system and keep his quickness off the edge.
The edge is where Witt is most dangerous, though that’s not the only place he can play. In high school, he’s spent time both as a stand up end and inside at tackle. He has a nice set of moves already, including a pretty swim on the outside and a push-pull move to go with a bull rush.
That combination of power and speed make him good in both the run game and in the passing game. He’ll likely need a redshirt year to finish filling out, but he has an opportunity to contribute as a redshirt freshman or sophomore and the versatility to fill a couple of spots.
In addition to the Iowa and Minnesota offers, Witt also had offers from Iowa State, Oregon State, Wyoming, Toledo, Ohio, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, and UNI. He becomes the fifth defensive lineman in the class of 2020, joining fellow Minnesota native Yahya Black, as well as Illinois Isaiah Bruce, Wisconsin native Michael Lois and Iowa native Logan Jones.
Welcome aboard Aaron Witt!