The son of a Hawkeye is the newest member of this year’s Hawkeye football recruiting class.
Henry Marchese, a record-setting wide receiver from Lincolnshire Stevenson High School in Illinois, made a verbal commitment Tuesday to become the 15th member of Iowa’s 2017 recruiting class.
Offered a scholarship last week by Hawkeye coaches, the son of fullback John Marchese from Iowa's 1985 Big Ten championship team canceled a scheduled weekend recruiting visit to Illinois after committing to the Hawkeyes.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Marchese caught a school-record 63 passes for 1,052 yards and 16 touchdowns last season as part of an 8-2 team at Stevenson which lost in the opening round of the Illinois Class 8A playoffs.
Marchese unveiled his decision on Twitter, writing, “I’m excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Iowa.’’
He selected the Hawkeyes over offers from Army, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Miami (Ohio) and is one of three receivers in this year’s Iowa recruiting class, joining Max Cooper of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Brandon Smith of Lake Cormorant, Mississippi.
Rated by Scout.com as a three-star prospect and by Rivals.com as a two-star prospect, Marchese was a three-year starter for Stevenson where he was part of the program’s 2014 8A state championship team.
Recruits can sign binding letters of intent on Feb. 1 and coach Kirk Ferentz anticipates 20-22 players signing with the Hawkeyes.