Caring is Creepy 2021: Have a Seat, Caleb Rathjen

By RossWB on November 8, 2019 at 8:43 am
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The good recruiting news for Iowa wrestling keeps rolling on in. After picking up commitments from Class of 2021 recruit Wyatt Henson and Class of 2020 recruits Bretli Reyna and Leif Schroeder a few weeks ago, Iowa added a commitment from Class of 2021 prospect Cam Lucero earlier this week. And, of course, they secured a huge commitment from high-profile transfer Jaydin Eierman yesterday. It turns out Eierman wasn't the only good news for the future for Iowa yesterday -- they also got a verbal commitment from Class of 2021 target Caleb Rathjen. 

He becomes the third member of Iowa's 2021 recruiting class, joining Henson and Lucero. Rathjen, an Ankeny prep, is a two-time Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament finalist, finishing as runner-up at 113 lbs as a freshman and winning a state championship at 126 lbs as a sophomore. He plans to wrestle at 138 lbs this year but likely projects as 149 lbs or 157 lbs in college.

Rathjen is a Top 25 overall recruit in the Class of 2021, per some recruiting services, and he had a host of programs vying for his services. Rathen chose Iowa over offers from Iowa State, UNI, Purdue, North Carolina, and South Dakota State. Iowa had an edge in his recruitment, though, given his (and his family's) longtime affection for the black and gold, as he told The Des Moines Register

"I grew up a big Hawkeye fan," Rathjen said. "I've been around it. Went to meets growing up. Loved (Carver-Hawkeye Arena), loved the atmosphere. My visit was awesome. Loved the feel.

"I just thought that's where I fit in the best. It felt right."

Rathjen gives Iowa another strong option in the middleweights for the future and keeps the positive momentum for the Iowa wrestling program rolling right along. Welcome to Iowa City, Caleb.