Iowa got a long-expected commitment from linebacker/tight end Ben VanSumeren on Friday afternoon. VanSumeren, a 6'3", 225-lb. athlete out of Essexville, Michigan, chose the Hawkeyes over offers from Minnesota, Cincinnati, Iowa State and a host of Midwestern mid-majors. He had interest from the likes of Notre Dame and Wisconsin, but no offer materialized.
VanSumeren received a three-star grade from 247/Scout and two stars from Rivals, an odd grade given the number of programs offering him a scholarship. Iowa didn't pull the trigger on an offer until October 5, when Minnesota was the apparent frontrunner for his services. From there, it was elementary. VanSumeren was on campus ten days later, and Iowa looked like the favorite for the next month.
VanSumeren primarily played receiver and linebacker in high school, with some time as an option quarterback. Iowa is already stacked at tight end for the foreseeable future, and has told VanSumeren that he will begin at linebacker.
VanSumeren becomes the fourteenth commitment in Iowa's Class of 2018. The new early signing period begins in forty days, and while the fall has been slow on the recruiting front, Iowa has a few key spots open. Expect a sprint to the finish, and Ben VanSumeren could well be the starting pistol.