Six Reivers signed national letters of intent with NCAA Division I schools Wednesday on the first day of the midyear signing period for junior college players. Five are joining teams in Bowl Championship Series conferences, boosting the second-year program’s credibility on a national level while making Wednesday a landmark day in IWCC’s brief football history.
“Obviously, we’re excited,” head coach Scott Strohmeier said. “Those are some good players and part of the reason why we were successful this year. That many guys getting opportunities to go on to some major schools is good for the school, good for the program and good for these guys.”
Three of the five Reivers headed to BCS schools are native Iowans who received little recruiting attention coming out of high school. Jared Ebert, a defensive tackle from Iowa City, honored his verbal commitment to No. 2 Oregon. Offensive lineman Dan Heiar, from the town of Charlotte north of Davenport, fulfilled a lifelong dream by signing with Iowa. Center Dallas Hendrikson, from St. Ansgar, is headed to Rutgers.
Quarterback Zack Stoudt and cornerback David Whitmore are getting a second chance as D-I recruits. Stoudt, a Columbus, Ohio, native who began his college career at Louisville, signed with Mississippi. Whitmore, a former Nebraska recruit, is headed back to his home state of Texas to play for Baylor.
Reserve tight end Max Miller, of Stuart, Iowa, signed with San Jose State on Wednesday, giving the Reivers six D-I scholarship players thus far.
Defensive tackle Shaq Rowell and defensive end Lenard Williams soon may join their teammates. Both have offers from BCS schools but are still making official visits. Two Reivers plan to join D-I programs as walk-ons. Receiver Willie Baughman, a Harlan graduate, is finalizing things with Iowa State.
Omaha native Bo Adams, an offensive lineman, is expected to go to Kansas.
In all, the Reivers are sending players to five BCS conferences (Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, Big East and Southeastern) after having only one player, running back Kevis Streeter (Louisiana-Lafayette), go D-I following the school’s first season of football.