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Hawkeyes lock up greyshirt commitment

August 12, 2012 - Troy Hyde
It is being reported by Hawkeyenation.com's Jon Miller than the Iowa Hawkeyes football team has another verbal commitment.

According to Miller, the Hawkeyes offered a greyshirt scholarship to Matt Vandeberg last month, and the Brandon, South Dakota, native has accepted the offer.

Vandeberg is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver who was a first-team all-state selection in South Dakota last season. He self reported a 4.49 second 40-yard dash at the Minnesota camp earlier this summer but was for the most part lightly recruited by Division I schools.

As a greyshirt, Vandeberg will have to pay his own way for a semester but can be put on scholarship in the following spring. Former Iowa running back Adam Robinson began his Iowa career as a greyshirt. And with Iowa's young talent at wide receiver, it makes sense for Iowa to focus its final three or four scholarships on other position needs.

Vandeberg's speed gives me the indication that Iowa is doing what new Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis wants, and that is finding more speed at the wide receiver position. Vandeberg also reportedly ran an 11 second 100-meter dash during track season and he is the state champion in the long jump.

He had 67 catches last year, which is the fourth most in a season all-time in South Dakota. He also hauled in 16 touchdowns, which ranks second for a season all-time in the state.

South Dakota has been good to Iowa in the past as both Chad Greenway and Riley Reiff had better than great careers in Iowa City and both are currently playing in the National Football League.

 
 

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