The Iowa Hawkeyes had one of the best defenses in the Big Ten in 2020 and a big piece of that was a stout interior defensive line. Daviyon Nixon emerged as a superstar this season and contributions from the likes of Jack Heflin, Noah Shannon and others were a big reason for the success.
Could the Hawkeyes have their next big man in the middle in the class of 2021? That’s the hope with Bettendorf’s Griffin Liddle. A 3-star defensive tackle, Liddle was a terror in the middle of the defense for the Bulldogs.
Today, he’s officially a Hawkeye.
At 6’3” and 275 pounds, Liddle has a frame ready to compete from day one. As a prep, Liddle ate up blockers and often times blew right through them. As a senior, he finished with 18 tackles with 7 TFL and half a sack. While Hawkeye fans have been spoiled by the production of the aforementioned Nixon, those numbers from Liddle, along with the film, will tell you he’s doing his job: freeing up linebackers to fill running lanes and get open shots at the QB.
Those qualities earned Liddle a handful of offers from power five schools, including Nebraska, Iowa State, Michigan State and Minnesota, with interest from Notre Dame, Stanford, Wisconsin and others. Had he not committed to Iowa in the midst of his junior year, he likely would have garnered more offers.
Liddle is one of 10 commitments from within the Hawkeye state that Iowa is expected to sign during the early period. He’s the only pure defensive tackle in the class thus far, but is joined along the defensive line by Illinois native Jeremiah Pittman and a pair of fellow Iowans in Max Llewellyn and Jeff Bowie.
Welcome aboard, officially, Griffin Liddle!