Another day, another defensive end commit? Yep! A day after picking up a verbal commitment from in-state DE prospect Chris Reames, Iowa picked up a verbal commitment from Illinois DE prospect Isaiah Bruce.
I am happy to say that I will be committing to the University of Iowa! I want to thank my family, girlfriend, teammates, and coaches for helping me through everything! #Swarm20 pic.twitter.com/kdxReD7shY— Isaiah Bruce (@IsaiahBruce62) November 2, 2018
Unlike Reames, Bruce is a Class of 2020 prospect, so he's still a few years from adding to Iowa's ferocious depth on the defensive line. Bruce, a 6'2", 247 lb prospect, is rated a 3* prospect from Rivals and 247 Sports. He chose Iowa over an offer from Iowa State (more like #LoseRecruitingBattlesInTheDark amirite), as well as some level of interest from Ohio State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Northern Illinois.
As Rivals notes, Bruce is a tremendously versatile athlete, playing football, basketball, and track in high school at Lena-Winslow High School. He's showed off that versatility on the football field as well, playing defensive end, tight end, wide receiver, and running back for his high school team. Despite that all-around ability, Iowa projects him as a defensive line prospect.
Unfortunately, there aren't any publicly available Hudl videos of him that I can find (which is unusual in this day and age), but you can get a glimpse of him in action on this local news report about Iowa offering him back in the summer:
h/t our old pal PlannedSickDays
As I said yesterday, re-stocking the defensive line (particularly at end) is a major need for Iowa in the next few recruiting classes. Adding a guy with the athleticism of Bruce seems like a fine way to go about doing that. Welcome to Iowa, Mr. Bruce.