Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner is sacked by Iowa's Josey Jewell in the first half on Nov. 14, 2015.

John Schultz, Quad-City Times

One in a series of looks at the Iowa football program’s 2017 recruiting class, position by position:

The newcomer

Nate Wieland, 6-1, 220, Iowa City (Iowa City HS)

The details

NATE WIELAND:  Three-year varsity starter for the Little Hawks, playing quarterback, defensive back and linebacker. … Earned first-team all-state honors a senior. … Was named first-team all-conference as a sophomore and first team all-district as a senior. … Missed the majority of his junior season because of injuries. … Completed 110-of-196 passes for 1,671 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior in addition to rushing for 741 yards and 11 scores. … Ranked third in Class 4A while averaging 41.1 yards on 29 punts during his senior season. … Initially committed to Northern Illinois as a quarterback recruit before Iowa offered him as a linebacker. … Completed 104-of-201 passes for 1,093 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 753 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore. … Two-year letterwinner for City High in basketball and track, where he competes in sprints, high jump and long jump.

The thoughts

Coach Kirk Ferentz on Nate Wieland, the lone linebacker to sign with Iowa in the 2017 class:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Nate Wieland ends up being a linebacker. That’s what I envision him being. If not, we’ve got a good safety, too. I see him in that Anthony Hitchens or Chad Greenway mold. I don’t want to say Chad, he’s played 20 years in the NFL so that may not be a fair comparison, but he’s the same type of player.’’

Returning depth

Starters: OLB Ben Niemann, senior; MLB Josey Jewell, senior; WLB Bo Bower, senior

Reserves: OLB Kevin Ward, senior; MLB Jack Hockaday, junior; WLB Amani Jones, sophomore; WLB Aaron Mends, junior; OLB Kristian Welch, sophomore

2016 signings

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Amani Jones, sophomore

Nick Niemann, redshirt freshman

Kyle Taylor, redshirt freshman

Barrington Wade, redshirt freshman

Kristian Welch, sophomore

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