Twins Landan and Levi Paulsen made a weekend visit to Iowa City a 2-for-1 recruiting haul for the Iowa football team.
Ranked among the nation’s elite offensive line prospects in the Class of 2015, the all-state players from Woodbury Central High School in northwest Iowa became the fourth and fifth members of the Hawkeyes’ next recruiting class when they made verbal commitments after attending a junior day event.
Landan Paulsen, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound tackle, and Levi Paulsen, a 6-6, 265-pound guard, both are ranked as four-star recruits on a five-star scale by Scout.com and are rated as three-star prospects by Rivals.com.
They each announced their decisions on Twitter as they returned to their family farm near Moville, Iowa.
“Well, me and (Landan) are proud to announce that we’ll be attending the University of Iowa to play football in 2015,’’ Levi wrote.
Landan added, “I’m officially going to be an Iowa Hawkeye! Couldn’t be more excited.’’
Scout.com ranks Landan Paulsen as the 26th-best offensive tackle in the country and rates Levi Paulsen as the 18th-best guard prospect.
Their high school coach, Kelly Manker, said both possess power, a good sense of timing and explosive first steps.
“They are like a lot of the good homegrown linemen Iowa has had in the past. They’re farm kids and they don’t shy away from hard work,’’ Manker said. “I’ve called them old-school football players because of the way they go about things. When they commit themselves to doing something, they put everything they can into it.’’
The Paulsen twins wrestle for Woodbury Central as well, sharing a spot at heavyweight in the lineup. While Levi was unbeaten this season, Landan competed in the postseason and finished as the Iowa Class 1A state runnerup at 285 pounds.
Their commitments give the Hawkeyes three offensive linemen in the 2015 recruiting class. Another northwest Iowa offensive lineman, Jacob Newborg of West Lyon, committed to Iowa in December. The Hawkeyes other 2015 recruits are quarterbacks Jack Beneventi and Drew Cook.