Iowa plays a punishing brand of football. And that's right up Ernest Haussman's alley.
The Class of 2022 linebacker from Columbus (NE) Senior High picked up a Hawkeye scholarship offer on Friday. His appreciation for their style has grown on him over time.
"I’ve watched Iowa for many years and over the years just maturing and getting a better understanding of the game I started to watch different aspects of the game," he told HN. "The things that stuck out the most was their physicality on the defensive end. They all have a nose for the football and are disciplined in their keys.
"I think it would be a good fit because I love physicality. And being knowledgeable of the game is what makes defenses really good."
Haussman (6-3, 210) reports 10 scholarship offers. That includes opportunities from Nebraska, Michigan, Virginia, Minnesota, Kansas State, Arizona State and Boston College.
Iowa linebacker coach Seth Wallace is leading Iowa's recruitment of Haussman.
"Coach Wallace likes my football IQ. He explained to me how methodical Iowa was in their recruiting process, and that made this offer mean much more," Haussman said.
"My impression of coach Wallace is really good. I really like how he is straight to the point and does not sugar-coat things."
Hausmann finished with 69 tackles (six for loss), a sack and an interception in 10 games this past fall. Playing receiver, he caught 34 passes for 447 yards and five touchdowns.
"(The Hawkeyes') tradition of linebackers goes deep. Coach Wallace was talking to me about it as well. It’s something I'll definitely keep in consideration as the time falls near my decision day," he said.
With the offer in hand, Haussman will research Iowa and figure out if it's the best fit for him.
"I would like to learn more about their academics because they are really important in my decision making; athletically, just to continue building relationships and leaning more about their culture and how they operate as a program," he said.
Most of Haussman's offers arrived after a strong fall. With the prolonged dead period brought on by the pandemic, he hasn't been able to meet face-to-face with coaches or stop at campuses.
"With the recruiting process picking up, my family and I are constantly talking about visiting places. At this point, I don’t have a definite list of where I would like to visit. My family and I are looking to learn more before we make a definite stand. We do think very highly of Iowa," he said.
Haussman plans on majoring in Computer Science with the idea of pursuing a career in cyber security.
Rivals ranks Haussman as a three-star prospect and the No. 5 player in Nebrasks for '22 regardless of position. 247Sports does not have him rated yet.
Here's a look at Haussman's junior highlights: