Iowa’s newest football commitment fits the profile.
Tyler Linderbaum, a 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive tackle, brings a multi-sport background and a good deal of athleticism to the position as a standout in four sports at Solon High School.
Linderbaum excels in wrestling, track and baseball for the Spartans in addition to his work on the football field, ranked by both Rivals.com and 247Sports as one of the top five football recruits in Iowa in the Class of 2018.
He chose the Hawkeyes over scholarship offers from Iowa State and Minnesota State, announcing his decision on Twitter on Monday morning.
“I am very excited to announce that I’ve decided to further my education and athletic career at the University of Iowa, go Hawks!’’ Linderbaum wrote.
He is the fifth player to verbally commit to be part of the Hawkeyes’ 2018 recruiting class, and the first defensive lineman.
Linderbaum teamed with incoming Iowa freshman Jacob Coons on a Solon team which finished 9-2 last season, earning Class 3A first-team all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association as an offensive lineman.
He went 55-10 in wrestling last season, finishing fifth at 285 pounds in the Iowa Class 2A state wrestling meet in February.
In track and field, he placed seventh in the shot put and qualified for the Class 3A state meet in the discus and was a second-team all-Wamac Conference selection as a utility player in baseball, batting .301 last season.
Linderbaum is the second defensive player to commit to Iowa, joining Iowa City West linebacker Dillon Doyle. The Hawkeyes also have verbal commitments from running back Henry Geil of Green Bay, Wisconsin, offensive lineman Jeff Jenkins of Crystal Lake, Illinois and receiver Tyrone Tracy of Indianapolis.