TE to OL Transition at Iowa Appeals to Green Bay Standout Jack Plumb

May 9, 2017

Written by Rob Howe

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Iowa enjoys a rich history of turning tight ends into productive offensive linemen. Robert Gallery, Eric Steinbach, Bruce Nelson and Ike Boettger are among the members of the fraternity.

The Hawkeyes see a similar transition benefitting Class of 2018 Green Bay (WI) Bay Port High standout Jack Plumb. He’s 6-8, 240 pounds already and moves very well.

Iowa offered Plumb a scholarship on Tuesday.

“It means a lot,” Plumb told HN. “They’re the first Big Ten, big school to offer. That means a lot to me and I was super happy when they offered.”

Plumb said offensive line coach Tom Polasek, who recruits Wisconsin, visited Bay Port about two weeks ago. He liked what he saw and heard. He and offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz discussed the situation and decided to offer.

Ferentz delivered the good news to Plumb.

“He just told me what he saw in me. He said he was really impressed with the way I move and bend. He really liked my film. He said they weren’t going to wait any longer. That they wanted to offer me,” Plumb said.

Northern Illinois, Illinois State, New Mexico, South Dakota and Western Illinois also have offered Plumb. He said Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona State, Purdue, Northwestern, Wyoming and others are showing him a lot of interest.

Plumb visited Iowa for a junior day at the beginning of March. He enjoyed the trip.

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“I really like their facilities. Their weight room is something else. I really like their strength coach (Chris Doyle). It really seems like they have a great college-town atmosphere, which I like. And from everything I’ve heard, their fan support is crazy good,” he said.

Plumb caught 10 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns in seven games as a junior. He specialized in blocking, which could make the transition to offensive line in college a smooth one.

“It’s about the same. The type of offense we run, I’m basically another tackle. It won’t be anything too new or different to me. I’m just ready to play whatever they want me to,” he said.

Basketball coaches also like what they see from Plumb. He reports scholarship offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and said South Dakota and Air Force are recruiting him hard in that sport. While he’s leaning towards playing football in college, the door to competing in hoops instead still is open.

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“I think basketball has helped me a lot in football. The coaches have said my feet look good. I think that’s from basketball. They’ve also said I can bend and move really well and I think that’s all because of basketball,” he said.

Plumb still competes with Playground Elite in AAU basketball, which is in full swing right now. It shuts down in June before the July evaluation period tips off. He plans to make use of the break for football camps and visits.

“After that, I will pretty much know what (opportunities) I have. I’ll see what’s best for me in terms of basketball or football. I’m leaning towards football,” he said.

Plumb, who wants to be a coach and likely will major in Education, doesn’t have a strict timeline for a college choice. He does, however, have a preference.

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“I’m taking it all in right now, just seeing what I have, but I’ve always said I’ve wanted to make my decision before my senior year so I can just enjoy my last high school season. But I’m not going to rush anything just to make that happen,” he said.

Plumb said he will stop at Iowa again this summer, most likely during the June dead period for AAU. He might camp at the school.

“I definitely want to go for another visit. I was only there for the junior day. I wasn’t able to make any of the spring practices,” he said.

Plumb is the grandson of longtime NFL coach Fritz Shurmur.

Here’s a look at Plumb’s junior highlights:

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