Wisconsin running back picks the Hawkeyes

Offered by Michigan State, Geil goes with Iowa

Green Bay (Wis.) Preble running back Henry Geil (Rivals)
Green Bay (Wis.) Preble running back Henry Geil (Rivals)

Sunday, Green Bay, Wis., running back Henry Geil became the fourth commitment for Iowa’s 2018 recruiting class.

Geil, 6-0, 204 pounds, is rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals. Geil announced his decision Sunday on Twitter.

“First off I’d like to thank God for allowing me to use the talents he has given me,” Geil said in a statement. “Second, I’d like to thank my family for all the support they have given me over the years and through this process. Last but not least, I’d like to thank my coaches and my friends for steering me in the right direction and keeping me grounded.

“Without further ado, I’m blessed to say that I’m making a B1G TIME MOVE and committing to Coach Ferentz and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes!”

Iowa now has three running backs between the 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes. This fall, there will be six scholarship running backs on the roster — senior Akrum Wadley, sophomore Toks Akinribade, redshirt freshman Toren Young and junior Marcel Joly and incoming freshmen Kyshaun Bryan and Ivory Kelly-Martin.

Geil chose the Hawkeyes over scholarship offers from Michigan State, Iowa State, Indiana, Syracuse, Bowling Green, Western Michigan and South Dakota State.

Geil is the fourth oral commitment for Iowa’s 2018 class, joining Wisconsin linebacker Mike Bruner, Illinois O-lineman Jeff Jenkins and Iowa City West linebacker Dillon Doyle.

Michigan State offered Geil just last week. Members of the MSU staff stopped at Preble on Wednesday and then the offer came Thursday. On Sunday, Geil, who has visited Iowa, made his decision.

Geil helped Preble reach the WIAA playoffs for a program-record sixth straight year in 2016. He ranked fifth in the Fox River Classic Conference with 768 rushing yards and third with 14 touchdowns. He also was the league’s top punt returner at 14.4 yards per return.

“Henry is a great athlete,” Preble head coach Tim Larsen told the Green Bay Press-Gazette in January. “I think really why he’s a Division I caliber football player is the coaches are seeing on the film when they are going through their process of evaluating guys, they see right away he’s just very versatile.

“He’s just an all-around great athlete. You look at his speed, you look at his shiftiness. ... there is a lot to work with.”

One other interesting part of Geil’s story, according to this Press-Gazette post, is that he was adopted and has never met his birthparents. He has, however, been told his mom played in the WNBA.

“I don’t think she knows who I am,” Geil said. “My biggest goal in life, to be honest, is to one day return and meet her and have something to show for it. Show her that she made the right choice.”

l Comments: (319) 398-8256; marc.morehouse@thegazette.com



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