Iowa added a running back to its 2018 football recruiting class on Sunday, gaining a verbal commitment from Wisconsin prep Henry Geil.
The 6-foot, 204-pound junior at Preble High School in Green Bay is a versatile athlete, spending time at receiver before shifting back to running back and rushing for 768 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns last fall.
Geil also led the Fox River Classic Conference in punt returns, averaging 14.4 yards per return.
He announced that he was becoming the fourth member of the Hawkeyes’ 2018 recruiting class on Twitter, less than a week after Michigan State became the eighth Division I program to offer him a scholarship.
“The wait is over, I’m blessed beyond measure to be able to make this announcement,’’ Geil wrote, thanking family, coaches and friends for their help and support and for “steering me in the right direction and keeping me grounded.
“Without further ado, I’m blessed to say that I’m making a B1G time move and committing to coach (Kirk) Ferentz and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.’’
Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports, Geil also had offers from Iowa State, Indiana, Syracuse, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and South Dakota State in addition to the Hawkeyes and Spartans.
Previously a high school baseball player, he opted to go out for track this spring and was part of a Preble High School 800-meter relay team that finished seventh at the Wisconsin Track and Field Association State Indoor Championships, where he also ran a personal best of 6.85 seconds in the 55-meter dash.
Geil is the first offensive skill player to announce intentions to sign with Iowa next February. He joins offensive lineman Jeff Jenkins of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and two linebackers — Mike Bruner of Mequon, Wisconsin, and Dillon Doyle of Iowa City West — in the Hawkeyes next recruiting class.