Commit Capsules: Austin Blythe

February 22, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

Austin Blythe
Offensive Line
Williamsburg, Iowa
6-3/285
Scout.com Profile | Rivals.com Profile

OFFERS: Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Stanford and Wisconsin were among Blythe’s known offers.

STAR GAZING: Blythe received a four star ranking from Rivals.com and Scout.com rated him as a three star prospect. Rivals rated him as the 7th best offensive guard in the nation while Scout tabbed him at #23.

QUOTABLE: ” If you compare Austin to our starting center right now (James Ferentz) at the same age and look at their ages, body structure and size, all that type of thing, Austin is light years ahead. He has an excellent attitude and is a tremendous young man and a great competitor so we are really, really thrilled about him.” Kirk Ferentz on Austin Blythe on signing day.

JON’S TAKE: Blythe verbally committed to Iowa on May 3rd of 2010, the second commitment in the Class of 2011. He would have received more scholarship offers had he waited, but it was a foregone conclusion that he would choose Iowa. He has strong family ties to the University and had been enamored with Kirk Ferentz’s program since childhood.

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Blythe played on both sides of the ball during his career at Williamsburg but will make the full time shift to offensive line when he arrives on campus this summer. He possesses excellent size and a great foundation to begin a career on the interior; you will see him as a guard or center. He has great feet and some lateral quickness for a big fella, and you can easily see him getting out on the edge in instances where Iowa runs some Power O and pulls a guard. Iowa doesn’t do a lot of that, but they do a lot of zone blocking schemes where footwork is equally as important.

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Blythe’s career as a wrestler cannot be understated. He holds the Iowa High School record for most pins in a career. When you think on the illustrious history of Iowa prep wrestling, that says a lot; close to 150 falls for Blythe. He is the first three time heavyweight champion in the state in more than 20 years, winning a title his last three seasons after finishing second place as a freshman. Wrestling skill pays huge dividends along the offensive line, where leverage is so important, as is pad level. Blythe has a leg up on the competition in that regard. He’ll get a chance to redshirt in 2011 and won’t likely be rushed into the lineup the following year as Iowa is very deep along the offensive line; there are no projected senior starters along the line in 2011, although Riley Reiff may have an NFL decision to make next fall. We’ll save that topic of conversation for another day.

High school honors – – Two-time first team all-state honoree . . . three-time first team all-district selection . . . Ed Thomas Award nominee . . . Career – – helped prep squad to state playoff appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2010, compiling 28-5 overall record . . . team captain as a senior . . . completed career with 123 tackles, 40 tackles for loss, 14 QB sacks and three fumble recoveries . . . had 20 tackles, five tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries as a sophomore . . . collected 40 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and five QB sacks as a junior . . . had 63 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and nine QB sacks as a senior . . . earned state heavyweight wrestling title as a senior, sophomore and junior and finished second as a freshman . . . earned varsity letters in football (3), wrestling (4) and track (4).

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Personal – – Born 6/16/92 . . . undecided on a major . . . member of prep Honor Roll and National Honor Society . . . parents are Mary and Curt Blythe . . . high school coach was Curt Richie.

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