Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz called Johnny Lowdermilk the Monday night before signing day and offered a scholarship.
Iowa started talking to Lowdermilk about a month ago.
“He said, we decided we’re going to offer you a scholarship,” said Lowdermilk, whose dad, Kirk, played 12 seasons for the Minnesota Vikings. “I visited Kent State last weekend. I told them the whole time, if Iowa offered me, I was going to go to Iowa.”
Lowdermilk, who played quarterback for Carrollton High School (Kensington, Ohio), thinks of himself as a linebacker/safety hybrid. Air Force, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Toledo also offered Lowdermilk.
“My dad knows coach Ferentz [from when Kirk Lowdermilk's NFL days], so he knew coach Ferentz,” Johnny Lowdermilk said. “About four years ago, my dad told me that if he could pick anywhere for me to go, it would be Iowa over Ohio State and everywhere.
“He said Iowa because they have a great coaching staff, coach Ferentz is a great guy and they have a great strength and conditioning program. I took his word for it. When they offered me, I committed right away.”
Lowdermilk said he is 6-2 in his Nike Shox, which is OK. That's pretty much how Iowa measures its players.
Links -- No embed, but here's some video from Lowdermilk in an interview with WTOV 9 out of Steubenville, Ohio. "I love to hit people. There's nothing better than hitting people."
Three most interesting bio items -- 1) Passed for 1,508 yards and had 853 rushing yards as a senior, while collecting 106 tackles and two interceptions. 2) Scored 27 touchdowns as a senior and 16 as a junior. 3) NBC Scholar Athlete as a junior and senior.
Ferentz on -- Lowdermilk's letter of intent was stuck in steerage because of the signing day snowstorm, so Iowa coaches were unable to talk about him, per NCAA rules.
"I'm very relieved," Lowdermilk told me not long after accepting his Iowa offer.
At that point, he hadn't visited Iowa. I'm not sure he has yet.
One of the Ohio State recruiting sites (can't remember which, sorry) compared Lowdermilk to current Buckeye Tyler Moeller, a player Iowa recruited, who's sort of a linebacker/safety hybrid.
"Right now, I'm undersized to be a linebacker, but I think I can play a nickel, outside linebacker or a safety position," Lowdermilk said. "Anywhere around those areas."
By the way, he said barefoot he's 6-1.
Lowdermilk visited Kent State the weekend before getting the call from Iowa. That's where he would've ended up if Iowa didn't offer.
Projecting is fun -- I really think safety.
In DC Norm Parker's 12-plus seasons, the undersized linebacker hasn't really found footing in his schemes, which are built to contain the run first and foremost. Lance Tillison was sort of that guy, but he wasn't used a whole lot in that role.
I think safety. And I think Lowdermilk will be physical enough to be cast in a strong safety role.