Hawkeyes Pick Up former Minnesota Pledge Aaron Witt

June 24, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Aaron Witt decided he would stay home in November with a verbal commitment to home-state Minnesota. As time went on, he felt less comfortable with that choice.

Last month, he re-opened his recruitment, de-committing from the Golden Gophers. He was looking for more.

Witt (6-5, 230) found it this weekend during his official visit to Iowa. He announced on Monday that he would be pledging to the Hawkeyes without any reservations.

“They just go to work, and that’s how my dad raised me. So, I felt right at home,” Witt told HN about his choice.

In addition to Iowa and Minnesota, Witt reported scholarship offers from Iowa State, where he officially visited last week, Oregon State and others.

Rivals and 247 rank Witt as a three-star prospect. The former tabs him as the No. 3 player regardless of position in Minnesota for ’20, while the latter puts him at No. 5.

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Witt continued a trend of former Minnesota pledges flipping to Iowa since P.J. Fleck took over as coach before the ’17 season. Noah Shannon switched as a member of the ’18 class, while Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Trey Creamer did it in the previous cycle.

Iowa has landed six verbal commitments in the ’20 class since Saturday. That represented half of the uncommitted official visitors that were in town this past weekend.

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The Hawkeyes now have 20 known verbal pledges in the current cycle. They were expected up with up to 25 in it.

Witt became the seventh recruit in this class projected to play defensive line. As a junior for Winona (MN) High, he racked up 70 tackles (18 for loss) and seven sacks. He also picked off a pass.

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Here’s a look at Witt’s junior highlights:

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