Iowa continued to add to its collection of instate football talent Saturday, receiving a verbal commitment from Indianola offensive lineman Keegan Render.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Render became the eighth player to announce his intentions to sign with the Hawkeyes in February, indicating on Twitter, “Officially going to be a Hawkeye."
Render selected Iowa over offers from Iowa State, Northern Illinois and Illinois State and was receiving recruiting interest from Wisconsin and Notre Dame as well.
Of the six Iowa preps Hawkeyes coaches targeted at the top of their 2014 instate recruiting wish list, Render is the fourth to commit to Iowa and the third instate offensive lineman to do so. He is ranked by Rivals.com and Scout.com as a three-star prospect on a five-star scale.
“They are doing a good job of keeping kids at home, especially with the linemen," recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said. “Iowa has a reputation for developing top offensive linemen and the best of the group in this year’s class in the state seems to be making its way to Iowa City."
In addition to Render, who moves well for his size and competes in basketball and track as well as football at Indianola, the Hawkeyes previously received verbal commitments from linemen Ross Pierschbacher of Cedar Falls and Lucas LeGrand of Dubuque Senior.
The other instate player to commit to Iowa is Jay Scheel, a LaPorte City Union quarterback who was recruited by Iowa as an athlete.
Among the state’s other most highly rated preps, the Hawkeyes join Stanford and Notre Dame as the three finalists that Cedar Rapids Xavier defensive end/tight end Matt Nelson will choose from in upcoming weeks.
The other top instate recruit targeted by Iowa coaches in the 2014 class, wide receiver Allan Lazard of Urbandale, has committed to Iowa State.
Render was the second player to commit to Iowa in as many days, following the announcement Friday night by Jameer Outsey, a 6-3, 225-pound outside linebacker from Somerset, N.J., that he made a verbal commitment to sign with Iowa.
Outsey, who had 6.5 sacks among 46 tackles last season while earning all-area honors at Franklin Township High School, selected the Hawkeyes over offers from Pittsburgh, Akron and Buffalo.
Not ranked by Rivals.com or Scout.com, the first linebacker in the Hawkeyes’ 2014 recruiting class was receiving interest from Michigan State after attending a camp there earlier this month.