The Iowa Hawkeyes went into Wisconsin and came away with a prototypical offensive line recruit. Jack Dotzler, 6’7”/265 pounds, verballed to George Barnett (OL coach and lead recruiter) and the good guys. Dotzler is the third Hawkeye in the 2022 recruiting class. Dotzler was named to the first team WFCA Large School All-State 2020/21 team as a junior.
Dotzler picked the Hawkeyes over B1G schools Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, and Penn State. Oh yeah, little brother also offered. Of note, Harvard and Darmouth offered, so the Hawks are getting an excellent student as well. It’s interesting as Dotzler has mentioned it was his dream to play for Iowa. A Wisconsin kid? Turns out he has followed the paths of former Hawkeyes Brandon Scherff and more recently Tristan Wirfs.
A few things that stand out to me. First of all, you can’t teach height. At 6’7” Dotzler has an excellent frame. Watching his HUDL highlights, he appears to move well, and he enjoys finishing blocks and putting people on their butts. That extra bit of nasty is tremendous. As noted Dotzler moves well. Check out the HUDL video below. At the 1:30 mark Dotzler initially throws his man down and then heads downfield. He doesn’t end up bulldozing people, but his speed, yes speed, is impressive. Seeing offensive linemen running almost stride-for-stride with backs (see Tyler Linderbaum on Tyler Goodson’s long TD run last year) is a thing of beauty.
Once Dotzler gets into the Iowa program, he will put on good weight and he will be a fixture at left tackle for years to come. The Hawks got a good one.
Jack Dotzler, OL
Hometown: Waunakee, WI (Waunakee)
Weight: 265 lbs
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