JEWELL, Iowa — With every recruiting call, Logan Klemp ran out of his family’s house. He chatted with the latest coach to reach out while pacing around the yard.
“At night, you would always see the little glow of his phone,” his father and South Hamilton football coach Corey Klemp said.
Klemp logged more hours than he wants to count walking the property line talking to coaches from programs he always knew were second-tier options.
Klemp wanted to go to Iowa. He didn’t really hide the fact, but he didn’t want to box himself in, either. It’s why he kept talking to Northern Iowa, North Dakota State, South Dakota and South Dakota State.
Ultimately, things fell Klemp’s way and Iowa offered him prior to Signing Day in February. The 3-star linebacker quickly accepted and became part of the 2018 recruiting class.
Klemp recapped his recruitment and what it was like sweating out an Iowa offer in this Land of 10 recruiting rewind.
Land of 10: What impacted you the most in recruiting?
Klemp: When I started taking all the calls. That is kind of when it starts to be, I don’t want to say the fun was taken away from recruiting then, but it started to be more of a task. You have to start making connections with people and taking phone calls every night and traveling here and traveling there.
When was that?
Klemp: January of my junior year.
Was recruiting a lot like a first date for you? You had to learn about the program and decide if you wanted to talk to them again all while the team was doing the same thing.
Klemp: Yes. That’s a really interesting way to describe it, but I like it. You have to get to know them. They have to get to know you. You are constantly evaluating them while they are evaluating you.
You really didn’t like that aspect of recruiting, did you?
Klemp: It’s kind of fun at first, but it kind of gets down to a business at the end. It’s hard to explain. It’s a little stressful.
How much time did you spend talking with coaches?
Klemp: When it got really heavy it was two-and-a-half hours a night. It’s kind of crazy with all the phone calls you have to take.
When was it the heaviest?
Klemp: It’s whenever the coaches are allowed to contact you. It was [that way] at the end, too. It got a little crazy.
Was it hard talking to all of those coaches when you knew you were taking an Iowa offer if it materialized?
Klemp: Yes and no. I needed to assess all of my options, but at the same time I knew I was going to Iowa if given the chance. I grew up an Iowa fan and it was the school I dreamed of going to.
When did Iowa first reach out?
Klemp: I remember my dad got a call from [defensive line] Coach [Reese] Morgan and we were actually working at a junior high track meet. That is when I first remember them reaching out to me and bringing me over on an unofficial visit. That is when it started and it was April 2017.
How often did Iowa stay in touch during your senior season?
Klemp: It was pretty thin contact. It obviously picked up as of late with [Kirk Ferentz] and Coach Morgan making a couple of trips over, as well as [linebackers] Coach [Seth] Wallace.
You had chances to sign elsewhere in the early signing period. Why did you decide to wait until February and sign?
Klemp: The first signing period was kind of an odd date. I wasn’t really ready to make a decision at that point. I just wanted to see how things would play out with more offers, especially with Iowa. I guess from that standpoint I wasn’t really ready to make a commitment.
Ferentz visited you on Jan. 31. Wallace offered you over the phone two days later. What was that experience like for you?
Klemp: It was a real surreal moment for me. It was a lot of hard work and time put in through workouts and everything like that. It was an amazing feeling.
Were you ever concerned about not getting an offer?
Klemp: Yeah. I didn’t know if it was a for-sure deal, but I was kind of somewhat expecting it because of the relationships I’ve built.