Waukon Linebacker Hesse Commits to Hawkeyes

By Marc Morehouse, Reporter

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It might’ve been over for awhile, but Parker Hesse officially ended his college football recruitment on Monday night.

Hesse, a 6-3, 205-pounder, received a scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes in mid-October. At that time, he was kind of the in the middle of helping Waukon, a Class 2A powerhouse in northeast Iowa, get to the state football championship finals. Waukon fell to Carroll Kuemper last weekend and so Monday was back to business for Hesse.

He visited Iowa City on Monday, according to IowaPreps.com, and accepted the scholarship.

“I’ve met with all of them and they are all quality people and great football coaches who are great mentors,” Hesse told IowaPreps.com. “They offered me and I pretty much put them and everyone on the back burner for a while. I admire that they respect my decision and didn’t try to pressure me.”

Hesse is Iowa’s 17th commitment. The Rivals two-star prospect also had offers from Northern Iowa, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. He started on both sides of the ball for Waukon this season, helping the Indians to a 12-2 record. Hesse finished the season with 59 tackles, 10 TFL, and two interceptions. Offensively, Hesse threw for 1,439 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 1,273 yards with 23 rushing TDs.

Iowa sees Hesse as an outside linebacker. Travis Perry likely will win that position next season, his junior year.

“Iowa City is a great place obviously,” Hesse told IowaPreps.com. “The football program has a lot of tradition. They have a great coaching staff and great players in the program now. I think it is a good place for me to go and be successful.”

St. Louis, Mo., running back Markel Smith visited Iowa this weekend, re-affirmed his commitment and told HawkeyeReport.com that he received a qualifying test score. Smith finished the season with 341 carries for 2,416 yards and 33 touchdowns in leading St. John Vianney to a 7-4 record. Also, 2014 quarterback prospect Tyler Wiegers also visited last weekend. He didn’t commit and plans a Dec. 13 visit to Penn before he makes a final decision. The 6-4, 213-pounder from Detroit, Mich., committed to Rutgers on April 9, just a week or so after visiting Iowa. He decommitted last week.

Offensive lineman Brian Wallace also visited Iowa last weekend. The 6-6, 304-pounder is from St. Louis, Mo., and attends Christian Brothers College High School. Iowa told him it is looking for tackle prospects and that’s where Wallace would fit. Wallace has nine offers from some of the biggies, including Alabama. He’ll visit Missouri this weekend followed by Arkansas on Dec. 6 and Alabama on Dec. 13. The three-star prospect told HawkeyeReport.com that he plans to announce his college decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 on NBC.

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