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Iowa offensive line signee Coy Kirkpatrick

Brandon Scherff is Coy Kirkpatrick’s Iowa idol and inspiration, another 2018 offer, and more

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Why Brandon Scherff is Coy Kirkpatrick’s Iowa idol

It took Coy Kirkpatrick a while to become an Iowa fan, but it didn’t take him long to find his favorite Hawkeye.

When Kirkpatrick committed to Iowa in June 2015, his brother, Cade, a die-hard Iowa fan, started telling him about Brandon Scherff.

Scherff grew up in the farming community of Denison, Iowa, and played high school quarterback at about 270 pounds before switching to the offensive line in college.

Kirkpatrick, who also is switching to O-line at Iowa after playing D-line in high school, did some additional research. He learned Scherff loved the outdoors and watched a video of him fishing.

“He just looked like a guy that I would get along with if I ever knew him,” Kirkpatrick said.

The two are cut from the same cloth. Both are from small towns. Both hunt. Both are converted offensive linemen.

Kirkpatrick’s hunch would be confirmed by Eric Simmons, a Madrid native who went to Iowa with Scherff.

“Eric loved him,” Kirkpatrick said.

The more Kirkpatrick studied Scherff, the more he loved the Hawkeyes star, too. Scherff took home the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman in 2014. He went No. 5 overall to Washington in the 2015 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl in 2016.

A small-town kid making the most of his opportunity with the Hawkeyes. Now that was a player Kirkpatrick could get behind — and potentially emulate.

“He is definitely like my idol,” Kirkpatrick said.

The positionless Hawkeye

When Kirkpatrick committed to Iowa, he expected to play defensive end. He looked like one at the time, standing 6 feet, 4 inches and weighing 240 pounds.

But in the 20 months since, Kirkpatrick grew — and he hasn’t stopped. Kirkpatrick is now 6-5 and 275 pounds. He’s likely too big for defensive end, and odds are he’s only going to get bigger once he starts working out with the Hawkeyes.

Kirkpatrick doesn’t know exactly what position he’ll play. Some of his Madrid coaches tell him he’s a future interior lineman. Kirkpatrick is holding out hope he’ll play on the edge.

“I want to play tackle,” he said. “Tackle is what I’ve played.”

The switch kind of surprised Kirkpatrick, but there were warning signs. He said whenever he visited Iowa his name tag listed him as an offensive lineman. He would ask defensive line coach Reese Morgan about it and was told not to worry.

Kirkpatrick never did, until he found out about his new home.

“I guess they saw it before I did,” Kirkpatrick said.

The new offer

The Hawkeyes landed a St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) High prospect in 2017. They’re out to get another in 2018, offering LB Rocky Shelton on Wednesday.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Shelton is a 3-star 247Sports composite prospect and plays a position Iowa must focus on in the 2018 class.

RB Kyshaun Bryan, Shelton’s teammate, signed with Iowa in February.

Lots of links

  • How Coy Kirkpatrick went from a Cyclones fan to a Hawkeyes fan (and signee).
  • A look at why the football recruiting budget dropped in fiscal year 2016.
  • Peter Jok set Iowa’s single-game free-throw record against Indiana on Tuesday.
  • Iowa baseball beat Loras College 8-1 in the home opener on Tuesday and will rely on in-state talent to win more games, writes Jordan Hansen of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
  • Iowa women’s basketball suffered a heartbreaking 80-77 double-overtime loss to Indiana on Wednesday.