The Iowa football program continues to reel in offensive line talent from Wisconsin for its next recruiting class.
Jack Plumb, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound lineman from Bay Port High School in Green Bay, announced Monday that he will sign a letter of intent with the Hawkeyes next winter.
Plumb is the ninth commitment in the Hawkeyes’ 2018 recruiting class, the third from Wisconsin. Tackle Cody Ince of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, just committed last week. Running Henry Geil of Green Bay, who reportedly had a role in swaying Plumb, agreed in April to play for the Hawkeyes.
Plumb plays tight end for his high school team — he caught 9 passes for 179 yards and five touchdowns last fall — but is expected to be an offensive tackle at Iowa. He is rated as the 89th best offensive line prospect in the country by Scout.com.
He chose Iowa over offers from Wisconsin, Michigan State, Minnesota and Arizona State.
Plumb attended Iowa’s Tailgater event over the weekend and confirmed his commitment on Twitter with the message: “Couldn't be happier to announce that I'm Making the B1G Time Movement and becoming a HAWKEYE #Swarm18.’’
Plumb, whose grandfathers both coached in the NFL, was thought of as more of a basketball prospect until less than a year ago.
He averaged 12.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season and shot 36 percent from 3-point range. Very early in his high school basketball career, he received scholarship offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
“I was just playing football to have fun with my buddies and as a break from basketball,” Plumb said in an April article in the Green Bay Press Gazette. “After the season, I put a highlight tape together and we sent it out to some coaches. They loved it. They saw a big body out there. They’re also recruiting me as an offensive lineman because they easily think I could put on some weight and be a good left tackle.”
Bay Port football coach Gary Westerman was quoted in the same Press Gazette article as saying Plumb’s improvement over the course of last season was “off the charts.’’
“Jack’s body type is extremely unique for football,’’ Westerman added. “You have very few of those 6-8 kids that end up sticking with it. If you look at a football roster and count the number of 6-8 kids, there is not many at the Division I level.
"A lot of those kids just believe they’re basketball kids and specialize, which I think is wrong. But he chose not to do that and it has paid off to give him some opportunities to play some big-time football or basketball.”
Plumb added a third sport this past spring, throwing the shot put for his high school track and field team.