Andrew DePaepe still has more than two years of high school remaining. This week, however, college is on his mind.
The Class of 2023 defensive end from Riverdale (IA) Pleasant Valley High has options. After entering the week with no scholarship offers, he now reports opportunities from Iowa, Iowa State and Kansas State.
K-State came forward first with an offer on Monday. The in-state schools followed suit on Wednesday. He joined Southeast Polk's Kadyn Proctor in being the only in-state sophomores with Hawkeye offers.
"It felt great to add another offer to my list because I’ve been working for a long time," DePaepe told HN after picking up the Hawkeye offer. "For there to be schools willing to give me offers just shows that they're confident I will continue to keep working hard to become a great player."
If you're looking for a lean based on loyalty, you won't find one here.
"I grew up a fan of the NFL, but when watching college football I rooted for nobody in particular," he said.
Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz informed DePaepe that the program was offering a scholarship.
"He said that I looked like a good player on film and heard that I'm a hard worker. He was willing to offer me knowing that I will continue to keep working hard," DePaepe said.
While he has plenty of time to make a decision, he knows the Hawkeyes could potentially get him where he wants to go.
"Something about Iowa I like is the NFL talent they produce through their school," he said.
DePaepe (6-6, 230) helped Pleasant Valley to a 10-1 record in the fall and a place in the Class 4A state semifinals. He racked up 38.5 tackles (21.0 solo, 7.0 for loss) and 4.5 sacks.
Here's a look at his junior highlights: