Last month, Iowa Football surprised Cam Buffington with a scholarship offer. Monday night, the Class of 2024 Winfield-Mount Union (IA) linebacker returned the favor with a verbal commitment.
Buffington visited campus Sunday for the program's annual recruiting tailgater. During the stop, he saw what he needed to see.
"One of the main reasons I chose Iowa is because it's been a dream of mine to play at Iowa and now that I have that opportunity I couldn't pass it up," he told HN.
Buffington (6-3, 200) earned his offer with a standout performance at Iowa's camp last month. He joined Winthrop (IA) East Buchanan's Cody Fox as a Hawkeye verbal pledge in the '24 cycle.
"The strength and conditioning part of the program stood out to me on the visit because how they can just transform somebody with their program," Buffington said.
Iowa's defense has grown in recent years. It's favored versatile, athletic student-athletes at linebacker.
Buffington fits that mold. He stands out on the basketball court and track in addition to his football exploits.
As a freshman last fall, he recorded 50.5 tackles (38 solo) and an interception. Offensively, he carried the ball 114 times for 956 yards and 17 touchdowns, and also caught four passes for 73 yards and two scores. He handled the team's punting duties as well.
Buffington connected with future position coach at Iowa, Seth Wallace, on Sunday.
"One of the things I like about coach Wallace is that he is just so straight forward with me. He speaks the truth and just doesn't tell me what I want to hear," he said.
Buffington averaged 17.2 points and 9.5 rebounds as a freshman in basketball. In track, he posted the school's best marks in the 100 and 200 meters, and long jump this season.