Iowa’s tradition at tight end kept one of the state’s most highly recruited prep football players instate when he made his college choice Thursday.

Jon Wisnieski, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound tight end from West Des Moines Dowling, has made a verbal commitment to continue his career with the Hawkeyes.

“They have a history of developing and producing great tight ends, and I look forward to learning from the coaches who have made that an Iowa tradition,” Wisnieski said. “I can see where I fit into how their offense works and that was important to me.”

Ranked by Scout.com as a four-star recruit and considered by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming as the 13th-best tight end prospect nationally in 2013, Wisnieski cited an early offer from Iowa coaches as another reason he chose the Hawkeyes.

“They were the first to offer me and were honest and upfront throughout the entire process,” he said. “They have a lot of commitments already and have only three or four scholarships left, so I needed to make a decision. I felt real comfortable with the coaches at Iowa. That had a lot to do with it.”

Wisnieski caught eight passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns last season while teaming with Michigan receiver recruit Amara Darboh on a 9-3 Dowling team which lost to eventual Class 4A state champion West Des Moines Valley in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

He selected the Hawkeyes over offers from Iowa State, Kansas State, Mississippi, Nebraska and Purdue among others.

He is the 16th player to commit to Iowa’s 2013 recruiting class. He joins Cedar Falls tight end Ike Boettger and Des Moines Lincoln linebacker Trevon Young as the only instate players who have accepted scholarship offers from Iowa.

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