ELDRIDGE — Jared Rus had multiple Football Championship Subdivision scholarship offers.
Rus turned all of them down for a chance to play at his dream school.
The North Scott all-state and all-metro performer will be a preferred walk-on at Iowa State starting next fall. He was one of four players in coach Kevin Tippet's program recognized during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon.
Offensive lineman Cole Ernst will play at Iowa Western Community College, linebacker Mark Beno will continue his career at St. Ambrose and lineman Sam Reyes is headed to Wartburg College.
Rus, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards and also was a force at linebacker for the Lancers, had offers from Indiana State, South Dakota, North Dakota and South Dakota State.
"It was pretty stressful making a decision, but Iowa State was the school where I wanted to go," Rus said. "Once they wanted me as (preferred walk-on), I pretty much knew that's where I was going to go.
"It is a dream come true."
Most schools recruited Rus as a linebacker, but during a visit to Ames last weekend and talking with Iowa State's staff, they left the possibility open of him beginning his career as a running back.
"I'll do whatever it takes to get on the field," Rus said. "I don't care.
"I've done my research and talked to other walk-ons in the program. I believe in myself and think I can go there and help them."
Ernst chose Iowa Western over Iowa Central and an offer from Division II Winona State.
The all-state and all-metro choice hopes he can parlay his time at Iowa Western into a bigger opportunity down the road.
"I've always wanted to play Division I since I was a little kid," Ernst said, "so I felt like with Iowa Western being a winning program, that would be the best chance for me to get a lot of exposure."
Expected to be a guard in college, Ernst said maintaining his weight, along with improving his speed and quickness, will be focal points after the wrestling season.
"After wrestling, I usually like to binge eat," he said. "I can't do that this year."
Beno was third on North Scott's team with 48 tackle this past season. Wanting to pursue a degree in human performance and fitness, Beno said the Bees were a good fit.
His mother has worked at the university for nearly 30 years as a counselor. His father attended school there.
Beno also considered Drake.
"I didn't have the right feel when I went on campus," Beno said. "I think I'll fit in real well with the program at St. Ambrose.
"I think I can be a defensive threat and do some damage there."
Reyes joins a Wartburg program coming off a quarterfinal appearance in the Division III playoffs.
Also Wednesday, North Scott's Eric Long signed to continue his trapshooting career at Iowa Central Community College.