DES MOINES - Brody Brecht wrapped up his high school track career running in two sprint relays at last week's state meet here at Drake Stadium. Monday, he was scheduled to take the mound with his 90-mile-an-hour fastball for No. 1 Ankeny High baseball against second-ranked Urbandale.
With the Major League Baseball Draft coming up in July, Brecht will be performing in front of pro scouts for much of this season. He's capable of raising his stock high enough to make for a tough decision.
Brecht expects he'll be playing football and baseball at the University of Iowa beginning with the 2021-22 school year. He's not ruling out signing a pro baseball contract, however.
"I just have to see where I'm at," Brecht said. "I've thrown for a few (scouts). I have a tough decision to make, whether I want to go to Iowa or the draft. I'm not closing any doors yet.
"The plan right now is I'm still going to Iowa, but, like I said, I'm not closing any doors."
Perfect Game shows Brecht as having some of the best pitching and hitting metrics in his draft class.
Hawkeye Football signed him as a receiver in December. That came shortly after he helped Ankeny win the Class 4A State Championship with 42 receptions for 599 yards and 12 touchdowns. He earned first-team all-state honors from the Iowa Print Sportswriters Association, which is assisted in its selections by the Iowa Football Coaches Association.
Brecht's Ankeny football teammate, Arland Bruce IV, who also is a receiver, enrolled at Iowa in January and participated in spring practice. Another incoming freshman wideout, Keagan Johnson, also was with the Hawkeyes in the spring.
Brecht knows he has some catching up to do on the gridiron when he arrives for summer camp in August.
"They're both great athletes and great players, so I'm definitely at a disadvantage, a step behind right now. But I just have to train hard so I can start closing the gap," Brecht said.
Brecht talked in-depth with HN about these topics and more in this 1-on-1 interview.