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Legacy Recruit Joe Alt Discusses New Offer From Iowa

December 6, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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Joe Alt grew up in Minnesota, in the shadows of Golden Gopher football. The Hawkeyes never were far from his mind, however. The son of former Iowa and longtime NFL offensive lineman, John Alt, saw them each Saturday in the fall.

“The games were on every weekend because my dad always had a high interest in the Hawkeyes. So, I knew about the program,” Joe told HN.

Earlier this week, Iowa extended a scholarship offer to Joe Alt, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound tight end in the 2021 recruiting class. He added it to the ones he’d received from Iowa State and Minnesota, both of whom came forward last month.

“I’ve been working hard for this (Iowa) offer and am very grateful to receive it. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz told me it was a process and to be patient. It paid off,” Joe said.

Ferentz served as Hayden Fry’s offensive line coach when John Alt lettered for the Hawkeyes from ’80-83. Kansas City chose him in the first round of the ’84 NFL Draft and he played for the Chiefs until ’96.

“He was extremely proud and happy for me,” Joe said of his dad learning he picked up an offer from his alma mater.

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John serves as an assistant coach at Fridley (MN) Totino-Grace High, where Joe is a junior. He’s a well-rounded tight end, a position Iowa is known to develop as evidenced by TJ Hockenson and Noah Fant being first-round NFL Draft picks in April.

“It is an awesome tradition. The tight ends there are multifaceted. It’s fun to watch,” Joe said

Strong tradition, culture, and academics stand out as areas Joe wants to see in the college he chooses. He plans on majoring in Engineering.

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“I’m going through the process with the coaches. I have to look at the individual schools in more detail. I don’t have a specific commitment time yet,” he said.

Joe’s older brother, Mark Alt, held a gray shirt offer from Iowa as a quarterback for St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall High back in ’10. He chose the University of Minnesota for hockey and was the 53rd overall player chosen in the ’10 NHL Draft when Carolina tabbed him. He was traded to Philadelphia and then Colorado, where he’s a current member of its AHL affiliate.

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Here’s a look at Joe Alt’s junior highlights:

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