One in a series of looks at the Iowa football program’s 2017 recruiting class, position by position:
Mark Kallenberger, 6-5, 260, Bettendorf, Iowa (Bettendorf HS)
Coy Kirkpatrick, 6-5, 275, Madrid, Iowa (Madrid HS)
Tristan Wirfs, 6-5, 315, Mount Vernon, Iowa (Mount Vernon HS)
MARK KALLENBERGER: Two-time first team all-state selection, earning recognition following his junior and senior seasons with the Bulldogs. … Helped lead Bettendorf to a 31-5 record over the past three seasons, playing offensive tackle. … Earned first-team all-district recognition the past two seasons after earning second-team all-conference honors during his sophomore year. … is a letterwinner in basketball. … His brother, Jack Kallenberger, is scheduled to join the Hawkeyes next fall as a preferred walk-on.
COY KIRKPATRICK: Three-time first-team all-district select at Madrid High School. … First-team all-state selection by the Iowa Newspaper Association as a senior after earning second-team honors as a junior. … Three-year first-team all-district selection. … Four-year letterwinner as a defensive lineman, offensive lineman and fullback as part of prep teams which reached the playoffs the past four years. … Is a letterwinner in basketball, track and baseball. ... Placed fourth in the shot put and eighth in the discus at the Drake Relays a year ago, placing second in both events at the Iowa Class 2A state track and field championships.
TRISTAN WIRFS: Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining Hawkeye defensive line signee A.J. Epenesa in the prep all-star game. … Selected as the captain of the Iowa Newspaper Association Class 2A all-state football team, earning first-team all-state honors. … Named most valuable offensive lineman in his district in 2016. … Three-year first-team all-district offensive lineman. … Recorded 35 tackles as a senior on defense with three sacks and one fumble recovery. … Had 31 tackles with two sacks as a junior. … Letterwinner in track and wrestling. … Class 3A state champion in discus and shot put as a junior.
Coach Kirk Ferentz on the Iowa linemen in this year’s class:
“They fit the profile we were looking for. We’ve had them in camps and had a chance to work with them which is a nice thing, a luxury for us to be able to coach guys. … We liked everything about their profiles and we think those guys have a really good chance to be good offensive players for us.’’
Coach Kirk Ferentz on Tristan Wirfs cutting down from 325 in football to 285 pounds for wrestling this season:
“I think he got recruited by his teammate and his coach or something. I thought it might take some sort of an amputation that was going to be impossible. It’s amazing that he’s lost that weight. For a guy to have that discipline, a big guy like that, that’s impressive.’’
Starters: LT Boone Myers, senior; LG Keegan Render, junior; C James Daniels, junior; RG Sean Welsh, senior; RT Ike Boettger, senior
Reserves: LG Ross Reynolds, junior; C Lucas LeGrand, junior; RG Levi Paulsen, sophomore; RT Dalton Ferguson, junior
Cole Banwart, redshirt freshman
Alaric Jackson, redshirt freshman
Spencer Williams, redshirt freshman