2012 Commit: Drew Ott

Two days, two commits. That's the way Iowa started off this week as Drew Ott became the third player to verbally commit to the Hawkeyes for 2012. Ott is a defensive end from Nebraska and is ranked 2-stars by Scout and 3 by 247Sports (Rivals doesn't have him ranked yet).

Ott in High School

Ott attends Giltner High School in Giltner, Nebraska. It's a small 2A school that plays 8-man football. Giltner went 11-1 last year their only loss coming in the semi-finals of the playoffs to the eventual champs. Ott played both TE and DE/LB for the Hornets.

I couldn't find complete stats from Ott, but in the 7 games on MaxPreps it shows that he averaged around 10 tackles per game on defense and 3 receptions and a TD on offense. One game that stood out he had 4 receptions, each a touchdown. Marc Morehouse's post says that Ott has made 537 tackles thus far in his career. Rivals has his sophomore year numbers:
  • Offense: 34 receptions, 424 yards, 10 TDs
  • Defense: 181 tackles, 4 INTs

Ott's only youtube video is of basketball (he can dunk), but he is featured in a bunch of film from his high school on Hudl.

Initial Thoughts

As pointed out on BHGP, Ott is a stereotypical Ferentz recruit. He is slightly undersized at 6-4, 235 lbs., could play at multiple positions (DE, TE, OLB, FB, etc...), plays multiple sports including basketball (which he led his team to a state title averaging 18 points per game) and track (he does the shot put). And, he's somewhat under the radar, which happens when you play 8-man football.

Unless he bulks up in his senior year, he'll probably red-shirt and spend some time with Coach Doyle before seeing the field. It's a little hard to judge his talents from his 8-man tape, but he certainly looks like the most athletic kid in the videos. Overall, defensive linemen are certainly in need for the future, so Ott looks like a good pick up.
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