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Iowa Football Recruiting: Class of 2021 Commitments Week 12 Recap

Ankeny and OABCIG will compete for state titles this week

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It’s Week 12 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 held on in a thrilling game at the UNI Dome defeating Dowling (8-2) 31-24. Brecht had 2 receptions for 14 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball once for a 6 yard score.

On the season Brecht has 41 catches, 596 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Brecht has carried the ball twice for 1 yard and a touchdown. He has 1 interception on defense and a 57 yards punt return for a touchdown.

This week Ankeny (10-1) will face Southeast Polk (10-0) for a state championship.

Arland Bruce, WR

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

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 192

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

Bruce had a game clinching interception in the end zone to push Ankeny on to the title game. He had 12 carries for 87 yards on the ground. Bruce also collected 2 catches for 46 yards.

In six games, he has 67 carries for 569 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground. Through the air he has secured 23 catches for 393 yards and 4 touchdowns. On special teams he has 3 kick returns for 51 yards and 4 punt returns for 23 yards. He has one interception on very limited defensive snaps.

Connor Colby, OL

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA (Kennedy)

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 275

Stars: 247 Sports - 4 / Rivals - 4

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

Cooper DeJean, ATH

Hometown: Ida Grove, IA (OABCIG)

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 198

Stars: 247 Sports - 3 / Rivals - 3

DeJean’s dominance continued with a 43-21 win over Sigourney Keota (10-1). Through the air DeJean had 5 touchdowns and 411 yards on 21-34 passing. He also rushed for one touchdown with his 9 carries totaling 73 yards. He also recorded an interception and 7 tackles on defense.

DeJean’s season totals are 185/304 for 3129 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. He also has 116 carries for 1162 yards and 22 touchdowns. Defensively he has accounted for 46.5 tackles (40 are solo) and 3 interceptions. He has scored 3 special teams touchdowns with a kick return and two punt returns for a touchdown.

On Saturday OABCIG (11-0) will take on Van Meter (11-0) with the state title on the line.

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 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

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 took down St Michael-Albertsville (5-1) 24-14. Sullivan finished with 2 tackles.

Eden Praire (6-0) has a bye week before postseason play.

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