Ben Niemann plans to continue his football career at Iowa, but the Hawkeyes’ latest commitment isn’t comfortable discussing that decision just yet.
Niemann’s reasons are personal.
He is the son of Northern Illinois defensive coordinator Jay Niemann, and when he informed Iowa coaches Friday that he expects to sign with the Hawkeyes next February, he did so after backing out of a verbal commitment he made last October to sign with the Huskies.
“At this time, my family and I have decided that I’m not going to answer any questions about my decision," Niemann wrote in a message confirming his decision.
A 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior at Sycamore High School, Niemann was offered by Iowa as an outside linebacker after he attended a summer camp in Iowa City in June. He played receiver last fall at Sycamore, where he recorded 875 receiving yards.
Ranked by Rivals.com as a two-star recruit, Niemann also had scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan and Illinois State. Those were in addition to his offer from Northern Illinois, where his father – a former Iowa State player who has coaching experience at Northern Iowa and Drake – has worked the past two years.
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Niemann is the second player to commit to Iowa in the past week as part of a 2014 recruiting class which now numbers 12.
Terrence Harris, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive end from Paramus, N.J., announced his intentions to sign with the Hawkeyes last week.
Ranked as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Harris recorded 7.5 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss among 78 tackles last season at Paramus Catholic. He selected Iowa over offers from Massachusetts, Western Michigan and Florida Atlantic.