Land Of 10: Why Kirk Ferentz Offered A 14 Year Old Freshman

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The call from Iowa defensive line coach Reese Morgan about Griffin Liddle last Sunday didn’t surprise Aaron Wiley. After all, Liddle attended junior day that afternoon.

No, the surprise came when Morgan said the Hawkeyes offered the 14-year-old defensive tackle.

“I’ve never seen them do this,” the Bettendorf (Iowa) High School coach said.

It’s rare for Iowa to offer a high school freshman; Liddle is only the third Class of 2021 player offered by the Hawkeyes.

Truthfully, however, the news shouldn’t feel too shocking. If the Hawkeyes are going to throw a scholarship at anyone it’s going to be someone such as Liddle — and not because of his 6-foot-3, 265-pound frame.

He can’t drive yet, but he is already Iowa’s ideal kind of recruit.


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