The COVID-19 pandemic has created one of the most difficult recruiting environments in some time. Prospects in the class of 2021 were largely unable to take visits beginning in March of this year. That has led to a need for college programs around the country to shrink their recruiting footprint. Fortunately for the Hawkeyes, this has been one of most talented groups of high school seniors in the state of Iowa in sometime.
The state has always produced quality linemen on both sides of the ball and the Hawkeyes have long mined the state for hidden gems on the defensive side, but rarely has their been a lot of high end talent at the skill positions. Not true this year and WR Brody Brecht may be the best example.
Today, he’s officially a Hawkeye.
At 6’4” and 200 pounds, Brecht is a carbon copy of current Iowa receiver Brandon Smith. He’s get excellent length on the outside and a combination of speed and jumping ability to be a threat at any point on the field. Brecht is a tremendous athlete who could potentially be taken in the MLB draft. As a pitcher, he throws in the mid-90s as a prep and will be joining Rick Heller’s club at Iowa as well.
As a senior for Ankeny, Brecht finished with 599 yards and 12 touchdowns in a shortened season. On film, he repeatedly makes acrobatic catches showing tremendous body control and excellent hands. He has solid top end speed to be a threat vertically and a big frame to be a solid possession receiver underneath.
Those traits earned him 3 stars from both Rivals and 247 Sports. They also garnered him offers from the likes of Nebraska, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and others.
Brecht is one of 10 commitments in Iowa’s class of 2021 to hail from within the state’s borders. He’ll be joined by his Ankeny teammate at Ankeny Arland Bruce, who is also a WR. That position group will also include Nebraska native Keagan Johnson.
Welcome aboard, officially, Brody Brecht!