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Iowa Football Recruiting: Class of 2021 Commitments Week 11 Recap

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Arland Bruce continues to wow in the biggest moments

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It’s Week 11 of high school football and we are in the Playoffs in most states. Each week we will examine stats, future opponents, and highlight videos.

Note: After originally canceling their fall season, Minnesota reversed the decision and is now playing.

Illinois still plans to play high school football in the spring.


Jeff Bowie, DE

Hometown: West Branch, IA (West Branch)

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 242

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Bowie finished the season with 20.5 tackles, 11 TFL, and 4 sacks.

Final Record: West Branch (5-3)

Brody Brecht, WR

Hometown: Ankeny, IA (Ankeny)

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 200

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Ankeny avenged their lone loss of the season by defeating Waukee (7-3) 28-7. Brecht had 4 receptions for 63 yards. He also had a punt return for 27 yards. Brecht also had a 25 yard punt return.

On the season Brecht has 39 catches, 582 yards, and 11 touchdowns. He has 1 interception on defense and a 57 yards punt return for a touchdown.

This week Ankeny (9-1) will face Dowling Catholic (8-1) in the state semifinals.

Arland Bruce, WR

Hometown: Ankeny, IA (Ankeny) *Previously Olathe, KS (Olathe North)

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 192

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Bruce was spectacular and a big reason Ankeny avenged their lone loss. He had 21 carries for 202 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. Bruce also collected 5 catches for 89 yards and 1 touchdown.

In five games, he has 55 carries for 482 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground. Through the air he has secured 21 catches for 347 yards and 4 touchdowns. On special teams he has 3 kick returns for 51 yards and 3 punt returns for 11 yards.

Connor Colby, OL

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA (Kennedy)

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 275

Stars: 247 Sports - 4 / Rivals - 4

Cedar Rapids Kennedy fell to top ranked Southeast Polk (9-0) 0-48 in the state quarterfinals. On offense Kennedy struggled to move the ball totally 120 yards.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy finished the season with a final record of 4-4.

(Video from previous game)

Cooper DeJean, ATH

Hometown: Ida Grove, IA (OABCIG)

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 198

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

DeJean powered the OABCIG offense to a 63-14 win over West Sioux (7-3). Through the air DeJean had 3 touchdowns and 226 yards on 15-25 passing. He also rushed for 3 touchdowns on his 12 carries totaling 197 yards. He also recorded an interception and sack on defense.

DeJean’s season totals are 164/270 for 2718 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. He also has 107 carries for 1089 yards and 21 touchdowns. Defensively he has accounted for 39.5 tackles (34 are solo). He has scored 3 special teams touchdowns with a kick return and two punt returns for a touchdown.

On Saturday OABCIG (10-0) will take on Sigourney Keota (10-0) at the state semifinals.

Jaden Harrell, LB

Hometown: Urbandale, IA (Urbandale)

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 220

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Urbandale finished their season at 6-2.

Harrell had 58 carries for 381 yards and 5 touchdowns. He’s secured 8 catches for 65 yards out of the backfield. The future linebacker totals 45.5 tackles, 5.5 TFL, and 2 sacks on defense. Harrell contributes to special teams as well as Urbandale’s punter.

Keagan Johnson, WR

Hometown: Bellevue, NE (Bellevue West)

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 188

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Bellevue West lost a heartbreaker in OT 40-41 to Kearney (5-4). Kearney lined up two players over Johnson when he was at wide receiver limiting him to 4 receptions for 36 yards. Bellevue West used him in other ways where he was 3-3 passing for 29 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 16 times for 70 yards and 2 touchdowns.

They end their season 6-1. On the season Johnson had 51 receptions for 935 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had 28 carries for 170 yards and 7 rushing touchdowns. Through the air he went 3-4 for 29 yards and 2 touchdowns as a Wildcat quarterback.

Joey Labas, QB

Hometown: Broadview Heights, OH (Brecksville-Broadview Heights)

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 190

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 2

Brecksville-Broadview Heights finished their season 7-2.

Labas totaled 2349 yards and 16 touchdowns on 167-246 passing. On the ground he carried the ball 76 times for 190 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Griffin Liddle, DT

Hometown: Bettendorf, IA (Bettendorf)

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 275

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Bettendorf finished their season at 5-3

His season totals were 18 tackles with 7 TFL and 0.5 sack.

Max Llewellyn, DE

Hometown: Urbandale, IA (Urbandale)

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 230

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Urbandale finished their season at 6-2.

Llewellyn finished with 13 catches for 278 yards and 2 touchdown on offense to go along with his 28 tackles, 13 TFL, and 5.5 sacks on defense.

Beau Stephens, OL

Hometown: Blue Springs, MO (Blue Springs)

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 305

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Blue Springs lost in overtime 28-31 to Liberty (10-1). Stats are not currently available for Blue Springs.

On the season, Stephens had 25 tackles with 9 TFL on defense and anchors the offensive line as well.

The Wildcats finish their season 5-6.

Justice Sullivan, LB

Hometown: Eden Praire, MN (Eden Praire)

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 225

Stars: 247 Sports - 4 / Rivals - 4

Eden Praire handled Prior Lake (2-3) 35-7. Sullivan finished with 3.5 tackles.

Eden Praire (5-0) faces off against undefeated St Michael-Albertsville (5-0) this week.

Zach Twedt, ATH

Hometown: Story City, IA (Roland-Story)

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 225

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Twedt missed a portion of the season due to a shoulder injury. He finished the season with 29 carries for 103 yards and 2 receptions for 3 yards on offense. He ended up recording 14 tackles on defense.

Roland-Story (0-7) season has concluded.


Spring Season

The following commits have had their senior seasons postponed until the spring.

David Davidkov, OL

Hometown: Winnetka, IL (New Trier)

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 290

Stars: 247 Sports - 4 / Rivals - 4

Gennings Dunker, OL

Hometown: Lena, IL (Lena-Winslow)

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 290

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Jeremiah Pittman, DE

Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL (St. Viator)

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 260

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3