Iowa has secured verbal commitments from four offensive linemen in the 2021 recruiting class. They’ve been working hard on landing at least one more.
Joe Alt, the son of former Hawkeye John Alt, received a Hawkeye scholarship offer in December. He’s continued building a relationship with them since then.
“It’s been going really good. I have been in communication about 2-3 times a week. They’ve been giving me some information on the offensive line schemes and techniques,” Joe Alt told HN.
Iowa faces stiff competition for the legacy recruit. Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri and Northwestern offered scholarships throughout the last year. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish jumped into the mix this week.
“It was really exciting for me. They have a well-known tradition of football and academics. My aunt and uncle went to school there,” Alt said.
The Hawkeyes enjoyed a head start in pursuing the 6-foot-7, 255-pound Fridley (MN) Totino-Grace High product. He grew up watching them with his father having helped lead a march to the 1982 Rose Bowl.
“I am very familiar with Iowa because of my dad. I have a good feel for the coaches and program, and I have a comfort level with them,” Joe said.
Offensive line coach Tim Polasek is leading the program’s recruitment of Alt. They’re building a strong bond.
“He says that I could be used in a variety of ways, and I feel that is accurate. Obviously, my goal is to play early as possible, so whatever it takes,” Alt said.
Iowa, Notre Dame, Minnesota, and Iowa State are the programs he’s hearing from the most often, he said. He’s meeting on-line with college coaches during the dead period instituted during the pandemic. He’s also working on improving as a player.
“I’m still in school until 1:30 everyday, virtually. Otherwise, I am lifting and running six days a week at my home,” he said.
Rivals and 247 rank Alt as a three-star prospect. The latter sees him as the No. 42 offensive tackle nationally in the ’21 recruiting cycle.
Here’s a look at some of Alt’s sophomore highlights: