It all just made too much sense for Tristan Wirfs, 4-star offensive tackle from Mount Vernon, Iowa (Mount Vernon High School).
Iowa seemed like the right fit, and the Hawkeyes had been recruiting him for quite some time. He’d been to campus multiple times since receiving his offer from the Hawks on June 14th, 2015, and all-in-all there just seemed to be a fit.
Throw in the fact that Wirfs is considered to be the unanimous top 2017 recruit from the state of Iowa—and keep in mind, the Hawkeyes take in-state recruiting very seriously—and it wasn’t surprising to hear that Wirfs gave his verbal pledge to Kirk Ferentz and company on Monday night.
It all just made too much sense.
“I went on a visit to Michigan State last Saturday and I thought it was going to blow my mind, but it didn’t at all,” Wirfs explained to Today’s U when asked what led him to finally commit to the Hawkeyes. “On our way home I told my mom that Iowa is the place I want to be, it feels like home there.”
Wirfs’ decision to join the Hawkeyes was revealed on Monday night, and he’s without a doubt a big commitment for Iowa. Along with being the top player from the state, the 6-foot-4, 265 pound offensive tackle is ranked as the No. 28 player nationally at his position, per the industry generated 247Sports Composite Rankings. He’s also the No. 210 overall player in the Top247 for 2017, which is good company to be in.
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And what about Iowa made it feel like home for Wirfs?
“I think the atmosphere and relationships I’ve built with the coaches,” he said.
Wirfs felt so comfortable with Iowa, in fact, that the Hawkeyes tremendous 12-1 season—which includes a berth in the Rose Bowl—barely played a factor. “Well that’s just kind of like a cherry on top,” he said of Iowa’s season. “They are having one heck of a season, but I don’t know how much it played into it. I feel like I’ve always known that’s where I want to be.”
At least right now, Wirfs relays to Today’s U that the plan it to play him at left tackle, and though he does have a while before joining the Hawkeyes—the 4-star will be working on improving himself as an athlete in the meantime.
He relayed that he is planning on focusing on baseball, wrestling and track season now that football is over, and he specifically has some very high goals for himself as a wrestler.
“Wrestling is probably the best sport for football players and I really like competing in the meets and stuff,” Wirfs explained. “I think every wrestler’s goal is to win a state title and that’s mine, so I’ve got to work hard to get that. Same with track, I want to win some more state titles, but I just have got to work for it.”
The only other school that has offered Wirfs so far is Iowa State, and though that can and probably will change—especially if he has a good senior season—the 4-star appears all in with Iowa.
“It’s great to be a part of the Hawkeye family,” he told Today’s U. “Lets go Hawks.”