CEDAR RAPIDS — With one Schulte already on the Iowa football team, another decided to join him.
“Bryce and I have enjoyed many special moments together and we hope to enjoy some more,” said Xavier senior Quinn Schulte, after announcing last month his commitment to join the Hawkeyes as a preferred walk-on, joining brother Bryce.
“I committed to Iowa because of the culture and work ethic they have,” Quinn said. “They do a great job with walk-ons and have had a lot of success.”
Schulte hopes to contribute to the team by doing his job, no matter what he is asked to do.
“I like how Iowa plays tough football,” Schulte said. “They have a great coaching staff that cares about their players.”
Saints Coach Duane Schulte, father of Quinn and Bryce, is happy for Quinn’s commitment and relieved the recruiting is over.
“Their mom and I are very happy that Bryce and Quinn can be teammates again,” Coach Schulte said. “They literally grew up in the same room in our house and they played together on some really good teams here at Xavier, including championship teams. We are hopeful they can have the same experiences at the college level.”
Coach Schulte said he is proud of Quinn’s accomplishments.
“He has been given unprecedented accolades in the history of our program,” Coach Schulte said. “He earned every honor that was given. He put in the work and time, many moments when he was all alone.”
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For Quinn’s last season, Coach Schulte said Quinn ended in a place where all players want to end.
“He was able to celebrate an undefeated season as a state champ along with his friends,” Coach Schulte said. “The fact that he intercepted the pass on the last play of the state championship game was appropriate. He was the first and only player in Xavier football history to start both ways for three years.”
Coach Schulte had a lot of things he liked about the Iowa program, but one thing stuck out — and reminded him of Xavier.
“It doesn’t matter if you are a five star-recruit or a walk-on, if you do your job and are better than your competition, the Iowa coaches will reward you,” Coach Schulte said. “If you follow their guidelines, you will walk across Kinnick’s field on senior day to give your parents a hug as a much better man.”