Another day, another verbal commitment for Iowa's 2020 football recruiting class. Iowa's recruiting momentum isn't slowing down just yet.
The latest recruit to verbally commit to Iowa is a very highly sought-after in-state receiver recruit, Brody Brecht:
Brecht, listed at 6'4", 200 lb, is ranked a 3* prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports, though both services put him near the top of the 3* ranks as well. He chose Iowa over offers from Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, and -- yes -- Iowa State. Another recruiting battle victory over Iowa State in the battle for the hearts and minds of in-state prospects. You love to see it.
It turns out that Brecht's decision wasn't entirely based around football, though. While he's a very good football player, he's also a talented baseball player -- and he doesn't want to give up the diamond just yet, either. And, according to Brecht, Iowa is willing to let him try his hand at being a two-sport athlete in college, too.
Q: First, can you tell us about your decision and what led you to pick Iowa?
BRECHT: It’s just where I thought I fit best and gave me the best chance to get to the NFL. I’m also going to play baseball there, so I didn’t want to give up baseball yet either.
Q: What all went into the decision to be a two-sport athlete in college?
BRECHT: This past Monday, I had a Zoom meeting with Coach Ferentz and Coach Heller and kind of talked to them about how it would all work. They said they would both try their best and we can make it work.
Rick Heller already has some experience balancing the whole two-sport thing, thanks to Connor McCaffery. In theory, it should be easier to balance football and baseball for Brecht. Unlike basketball and baseball, whose season overlap in February and March, there's no overlap between the football and baseball seasons in college (give or take a handful of fall exhibition games in baseball).
Brecht grew up a childhood fan of Iowa (and in case you want to feel old, just keep in mind that his childhood was in the '00s and early '10s), so the chance to suit up in black and gold in college will be an opportunity to fulfill a longstanding dream, as he told Rivals:
"It’s really a dream come true," said Brecht. "When I was younger, I was always a big Hawkeye fan and going to the games, so it was always my dream to play for them."
Though Brecht is the second receiver recruit that Iowa has picked up this week (after Arland Bruce IV), his role projects quite differently in Iowa's offense. While Bruce figures to line up primarily in the slot, Brecht is targeted for the "X" position, or outside receiver (think Brandon Smith). With his combination of size (6'4", 205) and speed (he's clocked a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash), that definitely seems like a great fit for his skill set.
Let's go to the highlights!
First off, if I'd realized he had over a minute of blocking highlights in his clip, I never would have sweated whether he was going to choose Iowa or not. Childhood Iowa fan who touts his ability to block in his highlight reel? Yeah, that's a dude destined to end up in Iowa City. As far as the rest of his skill set goes, though, Brecht shows a knack for the sort of explosive downfield plays you want to see out of an "X" receiver. He does a nice job of getting off the line of scrimmage, though his speed really seems to show up after he's had a few steps to get into his stride and get downfield. He does a good job of tracking the ball in the air and he shows some some ability to go up and get the ball in traffic and make difficult catches. He cuts well and looks good in YAC situations, too. In short, there's plenty to like about Brecht's game and plenty to get excited about as he joins Iowa's WR rotation in a few years.
Welcome to Iowa City, Brody.