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.