TE Jon Wisnieski talks Iowa commitment

The tradition of the Iowa Hawkeyes producing tight ends proved to be too strong for Jon Wisnieski (West Des Moines, Iowa/Dowling), the state’s top-ranked player.

A four-star tight end, Wisnieski has kept an eye on Iowa tight ends past and present, and he’s noticed how they not only flourish in the Big Ten Conference but also get a chance to shine in the NFL. That, coupled with other intangibles, proved to be the deciding factor, as Wisnieski gave head coach Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes his verbal commitment Thursday.

“They were the first school to contact me and the first to give me an offer,” Wisnieski said. “They’ve done a great job ever since then. I’m excited about the direction they’re going. Iowa City is not too far from where I live, and I’ll get a chance to get a great education.

“I think [tight ends success] was a very big factor for me. When you look like Dallas Clark and Tony Moeaki, you have to notice the success they had not only in college but the pros as well. It’s very exciting to be a part of that.”

Wisnieski, recruited by offensive line coach Brian Ferentz and defensive line coach Reese Morgan, chose Iowa over offers from Iowa State and Nebraska. At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Wisnieski can serve as both a blocking and pass-catching option. In addition to being the No. 1 player in Iowa, he’s the No. 8 tight end nationally in the 2013 class.

“It’s a big relief. I’m glad,” Wisnieski said. “It’s been a great ride, but I’m glad I was able to get it out of the way and be able to focus on my senior year.”

Wisnieski had additional offers from Kansas State, Ole Miss, Purdue and Northern Illinois. In addition to pulling his weight as a tight end, Wisnieski also was a reliable outside linebacker for Dowling last season.