Recruits are looking for comfort, a place that puts them at ease. Logan Wilson sees that at Iowa.
The Class of 2020 defensive end picked up a Hawkeye scholarship offer last month. This past weekend, the Kimberly (WI) High product visited campus for the first time.
“I liked the atmosphere in Iowa. It felt a lot like home and reminded me a lot of how it is here in Kimberly, the way that our team is and how much the town supports us and backs us up,” he told HN.
Wilson and his family toured the football performance center, seeing the position rooms, player lounge, weight room and indoor practice facility. They later checked out Kinnick Stadium, viewing the locker rooms and walking on the field. They then returned to the performance center for a meeting with head coach Kirk Ferentz.
“He talked a lot about how recruiting has changed and how Iowa has started going after younger players nowadays, more so than it used to. He also told me that in my case there is still a lot of time, and I should wait it out to experience camps and just have a good year and focus on what my coaches need me to do now. Then, when the time comes, I can make a decision that will best suit me as a student and an athlete,” Wilson said.
Iowa became Wilson’s first offer. He told HN at the time that he grew up a Badgers’ fan but has always been impressed with the Hawkeye program. The visit provided much more insight.
“It really put into perspective how similar Iowa runs their program like Kimberly does now, in the sense that they have consistent success with a lot of the same core coaches being around and their focus on player development, which is a major key to the success of a team,” he said.
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Ironically, Wilson’s stop coincided with that of ’19 Wisconsin defensive end Jake Karchinski, who ended up committing to the Hawkeyes on Friday. They first met at a track meet this year and connected on social media.
“When we were driving down (to Iowa) with our families, we were talking a bit. He had visited before and told me how great of a place Iowa was and that he was gonna pull the trigger on committing when we were down there,” Wilson said.
“I, of course, was happy for him and congratulated him on the decision. I was even more excited to see the school after all he had told me.”
Wilson (6-4, 245) still is deciding on where to camp this summer. He’s looking at Iowa, Wisconsin and Purdue as possibilities. Minnesota and Northern Illinois also are showing him interest.
Kimberly coach, Steve Jones, has a good relationship with Hawkeye assistant Tim Polasek, who is a native of the state and been recruiting there for a long time.
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Kimberly won its fifth consecutive state championship in the fall and Jones captured his third Wisconsin coach of the year award in a row.
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