Joe Otting reflects on recent football visit to Iowa, offers


Joe Otting has proven himself to be a versatile athlete. He performed well for Topeka (KS) Hayden High football, basketball and track and field teams.

Football is his future. And his multi-sport background makes him an attractive prospect.

Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and New Mexico offered scholarships ahead of his visit to Iowa Football last weekend. The Hawkeyes jumped with an opportunity for him on his stoppage.

He likes Iowa’s offensive line pattern.

“I think I would fit in well,” he told HN. “The technique the O-Line uses and the way the O-Line gets people off the ball is very athletic. It suits me well.”

With good basketball footwork and good balance of on-track events, Otting (6-4, 270) looks like a prototype Hawkeye blocker on film. Coaches see it.

“They like the way I shoot and how I move. They also like my tenacity and my competitiveness. Finally, the type of person and teammate that I am was also something they really liked about me,” he said. -he declares.

Hayden’s trainer, Bill Arnold, sees it too.

“He’s a great boy,” Arnold told HN. “He’s competitive, he’s a very smart player and he knows how to finish.”

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Otting knows Iowa’s success on the offensive line. He’s glad the Hawkeyes are involved with him now.

“Iowa has kind of been in the background of my recruiting for a while. They’ve been recruiting me since January,” he said.

Iowa impressed Otting when he visited last weekend.

“I would say the people and the players within the program stood out for me. Then the training was good to see as well, to see them pull through. The coaching staff is very stable and they are known for be a great development program,” he said.

“I learned a lot during my visit. I wouldn’t say I’m looking for many more answers.”

Otting is in contact with Hawkeye offensive line coach George Barnett.

“Coach Barnett is a great coach. He brings energy as he coaches his players in training. He’s also a guy who gives it straight to you and doesn’t blow you away, very transparent. I like that at home,” Otting said.

Otting plans to major in business when he arrives at university. He wants to visit Iowa again to learn more about the scholars there.

“I haven’t set any official visits yet. I’ll get that once the track is finished,” he said.

Rivals consider Otting a three-star recruit. The service considers him the No. 6 player at Kansas for the 2023 recruiting class.

You can watch Otting’s junior highlights HERE.


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