Iowa’s history of developing small-town high school football players into dominant Big Ten performers attracted Wisconsin offensive lineman Cody Ince to the Hawkeye program.
Ince announced overnight Sunday on Twitter that he has committed to Iowa, selecting the Hawkeyes over offers from Minnesota, Maryland, Virginia, Northern Illinois and Western Illinois among others.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound native of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, played both offensive tackle and defensive end last fall for Unity High School, which has an enrollment of fewer than 300 students and is located about one hour northeast of Minneapolis in northwest Wisconsin.
“This is the best situation for me. I like the atmosphere, the coaches and the tradition at Iowa and that made the difference,’’ Ince said.
Ince came to that conclusion over the weekend, becoming the eighth member of Iowa’s 2018 football recruiting class.
Iowa offensive line coach Tim Polasek has been recruiting Ince for some time, working as his area recruiter while he was the offensive coordinator at North Dakota State. That relationship continued once Polasek joined the Hawkeye staff.
In making his announcement, Ince wrote, “After giving it a lot of thought, weighing out all the options and processing all of the generous offers, I am excited to announce that I am 100 percent committed to continue my academic and athletic career as an Iowa Hawkeye.’’
Ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com and as the fifth-best senior in the state of Wisconsin’s 2018 recruiting class by 247Sports, Ince is a multi-sport athlete at Unity where he recently completed his junior season in baseball batting .286 as a third baseman and pitcher.
Ince is the second offensive lineman to commit to Iowa’s currently recruiting class, joining Jeff Jenkins of Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He is the second Wisconsin prep to announce intentions to sign with the Hawkeyes, following running back Henry Geil of Green Bay.