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Shaun Beyer Says Being a Hawkeye is a Dream Come True

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Shaun Beyer is a 3-star tight end from Cedar Rapids, Iowa (John F. Kennedy High School) and he recently committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes’ 2016 recruiting class. His commitment came on November 25th, 2015.

Beyer caught up with Today’s U recently to discuss his decision to join the Hawkeyes.

“I have grown up an Iowa fan and have always wanted to be a Hawkeye,” he explained. “They invited me to practice, so we went to practice then went to coach Ferentz’s offense and talked about a half hour. Then he extended me the offer and I accepted on the spot.”

Beyer was Iowa’s 24th 2016 commitment and many “in the know” are predicting the Hawkeyes to bring in about 25 recruits this class. Of course that number can go up or down based on a number of different variables (injuries and attrition are two of the main ones, but at Iowa, walk-ons often find themselves awarded with scholarships as well), but for the most part 25 has been the magic numbe.

It’s worth noting that the Hawkeyes would have had that 25, but K.J. Sails, 3-star safety, decommitted from the Iowa in mid-November.

Back to the topic of Beyer, though…

It’s easy to get the sense when talking to him that he’s more than happy to be a part of Iowa’s 2016 class. In fact, he’s about as firm as a commitment as you’ll find.

“All of the coaches were very excited, and so was I,” he told Today’s U regarding the reaction to his decision.

Iowa’s 2016 class is currently ranked No. 46 nationally and 9th in the Big Ten, which is perhaps the more important number. These rankings are according to the 247Sports National Team Recruiting Rankings.

Though those number aren’t all that overwhelming, it doesn’t tell you the whole story of Iowa’s class. It doesn’t tell you the story of what the Hawkeyes have done this year.

Iowa put up a perfect 12-0 record in the regualar season and was a few plays away from the College Football Playoffs before losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, 16-13. At 12-1, Iowa will play Stanford in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day, and even though they aren’t getting the national attention, respect and hype they deserve—this Iowa football program is without a doubt legitimate.

Credit has to go to head coach Kirk Ferentz, who has really “changed his ways” this season. A lot of that started on the recruiting trail.

When the Hawkeyes brought on new recruiting coordinator Seth Wallace—who also works as an assistant defensive coach on the team—there was a literal revolution that took place in regards to the way Iowa did things in recruiting. Under Wallace, Iowa became much more aggressive in terms of offers and where they would recruit. The Hawkeyes started trying to get into Texas, Georgia and especially in the DMV (D.C., Maryland and Virginia), and the results in the change of attitude were noticeable, to say the least.

There was a time over the summer when Iowa was one of the hotter teams in the nation on the recruiting trail, picking up a majority of it’s 2016 class in just about one month. Iowa landed 16 2016 commits in the month of June.

Frankly, revolution may not even be a big enough word to describe what Iowa went through. The Hawkeyes’ momentum on the recruiting trail kick-started their incredible 2015-16 season. Momentum doesn’t often translate from trail to field, but Ferentz and his staff were able to turn things around and prove many doubters wrong, and recruits took notice.

Though Beyer’s commitment wasn’t part of that recruiting surge, he’s without a doubt one of the more interesting prospects in Iowa’s class as a 6-foot-5, 205 pound recruit who runs a 4.7 40. Initially, he tells Today’s U that Iowa will be bringing him as a tight end, though that could change.

“They can choose to move me from there if they want,” he said. “I will do whatever they want me to.”

Versatility is key with many of Iowa’s recruits, which is another tip off the hat to Ferentz and his ability to evaluate.

When all is said and done, national respect given the program or not, Beyer is excited to be part of Iowa’s class. That’s a credit to the family atmosphere Iowa’s staff hasbuilt around the football program, as well as the Hawks’ standing as the go-to option for many (read: most) in-state recruits.

“I couldn’t be happier to be a Hawkeye, and I can’t wait to play. It’s like a dream come true,” Beyer said.

 

 

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