Football Recruiting Notebook: Striggow Wrestling with Decision, Core High on Hawkeyes

April 29, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Danny Striggow is facing a complicated recruitment. Not only does he have to pick a school, he also must choose a sport.

The Orono (MN) High talent holds Big Ten scholarship offers in football and heavy interest wrestling. It’s both rare and impressive.

“It’s been a little tough keeping everything organized, but it is nice to see recruiting from two different sports,” he told HN.

Iowa extended an opportunity to him during a junior day visit in February. The staff saw him as a defensive end working well in the scheme. Assistant Tim Polasek has been leading the recruitment.

“We talk every week or so. We have a good, straight-forward relationship,” Striggow said.

Northern Illinois and South Dakota have offered football scholarships. Indiana and Michigan have contacted him about wresting in the Big Ten.

Striggow’s older brothers wrestle for the Wolverines. Jackson Striggow is a redshirt junior and Bobby Striggow is a freshman.

Danny won the Minnesota state title at 220 pounds this winter, posting a 50-2 mark. He later won a championship at a national tournament in Virginia.

“I believe it will come down to academics, the relationship with the coach and the atmosphere of the college,” he said when asked how he’ll pick between the two sports.

The Minnesota and Nebraska football programs are showing interest in Striggow. He’s taking his time with his recruitment.

“My decision will most likely be made between football and wrestling season next year,” he said.

Striggow (6-4, 220) does not have any campus visits scheduled at this time.


-Iowa picked up a commitment from Dallas Bishop Tight end Elijah Yelverton earlier this month. It’s a school with which assistant LeVar Woods has built a strong relationship.

The Hawkeyes also offered a scholarship to Yelverton’s classmate, outside linebacker Brennon Scott. Programs like Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Texas A&M also have extended opportunities.

“Iowa’s been slow with me. I don’t know at this point how much interest they have in me and me in them,” he told HN.

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-Ohio outside linebacker Devin Hightower reports a Hawkeye offer. He also shows opportunities from Michigan, Pittsburgh, Indiana and Cincinnati.

He has visited Michigan, Pitt and West Virginia, among others.

“I am definitely considering Iowa still. I haven’t visited yet, but I would love to,” Hightower told HN.

-Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge defensive end Jalen Logan-Redding reports offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Purdue and Texas, among others.

He’s visited Texas, Notre Dame, Kansas and Missouri.

“I plan on making a few more college visits. I would like to visit Iowa in the future,” he told HN.

-Jalil Core, a safety from Seffner (FL) Armwood, is hearing regularly from the Hawkeyes. He’s building a goof relationship with assistant Derrick Foster.

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“We’re in contact about two times a week. Iowa is most definitely in consideration,” Cole told HN.

Florida State and South Florida are among Cole’s other offers.

-Rashad Battle, a cornerback from Georgia, has played his recruitment close to the vest. He hasn’t given many interviews.

Iowa has offered a scholarship. Foster has impressed him.

When reached by HN through text message, Battle replied: “Yes I’m still considering Iowa. Please, no more questions.” 

-Alabama defensive end Reginald Perry also has connected with Foster and has Iowa listed among schools he’s considering.

“He talks to me about the school and how I’m high on their recruiting board,” Perry told HN.

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Perry plans on visiting once he and his parents can come up with a date that works for everybody.

-Greyson Metz, a linebacker from Glen Ellyn (IL) Glenbard West, picked up an Iowa offer in early March. Louisville also offered, and Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa State are showing interest.

“Things are going well (with the Hawkeyes). I’m still talking with coach (Seth) Wallace, and I’m trying to find a date to get back out there,” he told HN.

-Colorado tight end Kole Taylor holds 25 offers, including opportunities from Iowa, Michigan, LSU, Auburn, Penn State, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas A&M.

Taylor put the Hawkeyes in his Top 10, which he released last month.

“Things are going good with Iowa. I haven’t scheduled any visits yet, but I probably will soon,” he told HN.

-Kris Jenkins Jr., a defensive end from Olney (MD) God Counsel, reported an Iowa offer at the end of January. It represented his second Power 5 opportunity after Rutgers came forward during September.

“Things are still going well with Iowa. I’m considering coming up to see the campus eventually,” he told HN.

“I haven’t confirmed a set date yet, but want to some time this summer.”

-St. Louis linebacker Lanell Carr was scheduled to visit Iowa this past weekend. He told HN that he could not make it because of car troubles. He has not rescheduled let.

-’20 Iowa defensive line commitment Isaiah Bruce recently picked up a Northwestern offer.

“This offer really doesn’t have a huge impact on me,” he told HN.

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