Brian Ferentz isn’t holding back about what he thinks of some of Iowa’s recruiting competition in the Midwest.
The Hawkeyes new offensive coordinator talked recruiting with the Des Moines Register’s podcast this week and aired some grievances about tactics from both in-state and Big Ten rivals. Ferentz hinted that both Iowa State and Minnesota make offers to high school players without intention of upholding them.
The coach added that’s not something Iowa would do.
“The guys in Ames and the new guy in Minneapolis seem to have no problem throwing early things out. What I’ve learned, certainly about the guys in Ames, we’ll find out about the guys in Minneapolis, what does an offer really mean? Ferentz said.
“I can tell you this much, if the University of Iowa offers you a scholarship and you commit to us, we intend to sign you and we intend to take your commitment. I think you have to look no further than in-state to see there were a lot of offers that went out in the 2018 class very early out of Ames. And I’m not sure all of those guys were able to commit to them if they wanted to, because some of those guys have since gone other places.”
Ferentz talked at length about what goes into Iowa’s decision to offer in-state talent early or to hold off to make sure the Hawkeyes do their due diligence. He said, “We didn’t want to do anything that we’d have to change our minds about later.”
Ferentz went on to call out another Big Ten rival. The Hawkeyes assistant spoke about how Nebraska (though not by name) often references a “pipeline” to the NFL in recruiting. Ferentz said that pipeline has run dry lately.
“We recruit against a couple of schools that talk about a ‘pipeline,’ ” he said. “I’m thinking of one a little bit west of Omaha that talks about their pipeline, and I think they’ve had two guys drafted in two years. So I’m not sure how much of the pipeline the coaches have contributed to.”
Ferentz’s comments are sure to stir some reaction among other coaches and recruits. Will anyone fire comments back his way?
His full interview can be found here. Ferentz’s comments on recruiting start around the 28:30 minute mark.