Yesterday Jon Wisnieski became the 16th verbal commitment in Iowa's 2012 recruiting class. He's the third instate kid to commit in the past 2 weeks joining Trevon Young and Ike Boettger.

Wisnieski is a tight end from West Des Moines, IA. He grew up an Iowa State fan and his dad played baseball for the Cyclones. But Iowa was the first to offer and has a rock solid reputation for developing TEs into NFL talent under Kirk Ferentz. Plus, who really wants to go to Ames, right?

High School

Wisnieski attends Dowling High School. Last year he shared the spotlight with receiver Amara Darboh, who picked Michigan over Iowa last winter. Dowling went 9-3 last year and made it to the Iowa 4A quarter finals where they lost to eventual champs and crosstown rivals, Valley.

Wisnieski played both sides of the ball last year: TE on offense, and LB on defense. His number don't jump off the page. He had just 8 catches last year, but those were for 119 yards and 2 TDs. On defense he had 36 tackles and an interception returned for a TD.


There was nothing on YouTube so, here's his highlights on Hudl. ESPN also has some video.

Quick Analysis

Wisnieski is one of the higher rated commits with a 4-star ranking from ESPN, and 3-stars from everyone else (Rivals, Scout, 247Sports, ESPN). The first thing that stood out to me is that he plays a true tight end in high that has to block. And his highlight videos do show a lot of him blocking, and blocking well. So that should give him an upperhand on a lot of tight ends right out of high school that still need to learn that aspect of the game.