When Iowa hired offensive coordinator Tim Polasek away from FCS powerhouse North Dakota State, we figured it was Kirk Ferentz adopting the old adage of "if you can't beat em, hire em." Polasek graduated from Concordia University in Wisconsin, put in time at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Northern Illinois in 2013 (another team that beat Iowa) and was NDSU's running backs and offensive coordinator from 2014-2016.
With his running backs experience, it made sense that Iowa would fill the position "vacated" by Chris White with someone like Polasek. So it came as a surprise when it was announced that he'd coach the offensive line.
One of the dividends of hiring a guy with extensive ties to Wisconsin is locking down recruits like Cody Ince, a consensus 3-star offensive tackle that committed to the Hawkeyes on Sunday night:
Ince had been recruited by Polasek since his time at NDSU and was also receiving a great deal of attention from
Tim Brewster Jr. P.J. Fleck, as he lives just a little more than an hour away from Minneapolis. He visited the Golden Gophers the weekend before last and experts had it down to Minnesota and Iowa, with Ince ultimately choosing the Hawkeyes. He also had offers from Maryland, Purdue, UCF, Virginia and a handful of other Group of 5 schools.
Ince is listed at either 6'5 or 6'6 and 260 pounds by Rivals or Scout, though his highlight video (below) has him at 265. A soon to be senior at Unity High School in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Ince spent last season playing both defensive end and tackle. As you can see in his highlights, he uh...is somewhat larger than everyone else on the football field:
By "somewhat larger" I mean he's ragdolling the ball carrier on the defensive side or pancake blocking defensive ends. The best highlights come at approximately 2:40, where he demolishes a couple of undersized linebackers/safeties (you can't really tell) in open space.
Ince is the eighth commitment of the class of 2018 and the second offensive lineman. The Hawkeyes will only lose three linemen to graduation this season but assuming everyone stays on the roster, there will be five seniors graduating following Ince's freshman year. That being said, with the Paulsens being underclassmen and Alaric Jackson and Tristan Wirfs looking like future superstars, a redshirt looks like a fair possibility for Ince in 2018. Nonetheless, we look forward to seeing that he can do.
Welcome to the show, Mr. Ince.