Iowa continues to build its 2019 football recruiting class close to home.
The Hawkeyes landed their third commitment from an in-state offensive lineman on Friday when Noah Fenske of New Hampton announced his decision to join the Iowa program.
"It seemed like the best fit for me and the place where I can maximize my potential," Fenske said. "Iowa has a great reputation for developing linemen, and I’m looking forward to getting a chance to work with the coaches there."
Fenske was offered a scholarship on Feb. 17 after he attended the Hawkeyes’ first junior day and a week before he attended a similar event for prospects hosted by Iowa State.
He held offers from North Dakota and South Dakota State when he informed Iowa coaches he was committing to the Hawkeye program.
"After going to the junior day down there and seeing the facilities and meeting the coaches, I think I had a pretty good idea of where things were headed," Fenske said. "There wasn’t any need for me to look any further."
Like a number of athletes Iowa recruits, the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Class 2A all-state selection is ranked by 247Sports as a three-star prospect on a five-star scale and as the state’s eighth-best recruit in the 2019 senior class.
He blocked for a New Hampton offense that rushed for 1,808 yards last season and recorded 24 tackles, including three sacks, as a starter on the defensive line.
Fenske is the third offensive lineman to commit to sign with Iowa during the next recruiting cycle and will be eligible to sign with the Hawkeyes next December as part of the early-signing period in football.
Ezra Miller, a 6-6, 310-pound junior at Ridge View High School in Holstein, Iowa, and Tyler Endres, a 6-6, 280-pound native of Norwalk, Iowa, previously committed to an Iowa program that also has a verbal commitment in its 2019 recruiting class from Logan Lee, a 6-5, 225-pound tight end from Orion.
Fenske’s decision, announced on Twitter, came two days before Iowa is expected to welcome approximately 60 potential future Hawkeyes to campus today as part of the Hawkeyes’ second junior day this year.
Endres and Lee are scheduled to be among a group of participants that includes three other preps from Quad-City area high schools.
Carter Bell, a Bettendorf junior being recruited by Iowa as a wide receiver, Chase Graham, a junior linebacker at Sterling Newman and Bettendorf freshman defensive tackle Griffin Liddle have also received invitations to participate in today’s junior day. Liddle, at 6-3, 255, already holds an offer from Iowa State.