Monday, June 24, 2013
Florida S/LB talks about Iowa State pledge
By Damon Sayles
Reggan Northrup (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) watched his older brother go through the recruiting process two years ago. It’s now his turn to follow.
Northrup confirmed on Monday that he has verbally committed to Iowa State. A 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety/outside linebacker hybrid, Northrup picked Iowa State over offers from North Carolina, Rutgers and several other programs.
Northrup, who committed without visiting Ames, Iowa, is the ninth commitment for Iowa State’s 2014 class and the first from Florida this year. Nine of the Cyclones’ 25 commits from the 2013 class were from the Sunshine State.
“I feel good; there’s a lot of weight off my shoulders,” Northrup said. “The things about the program, I really liked what I heard. I’m looking forward to taking my official visit.”
Northrup said he plans on visiting Iowa State in September. Part of the reason he committed to the Cyclones was because of secondary coach Troy Douglas, who recruited his brother Reggie Northrup -- a four-star player and the No. 28 overall outside linebacker in the Class of 2012 -- when Douglas was an assistant coach at North Carolina. In watching Douglas build a relationship with his brother, Reggan also got to know Douglas quite well.
“Out of all the colleges that recruited me, I felt like I could really trust Coach Douglas,” Northrup said. “He’s been around. He recruited my brother and another linebacker from First Coast. I’ve known him a while, and I felt like I could trust him.”
The football pedigree runs deep with the Northrup family. Reggie Northrup saw plenty of time on the field as a freshman at Florida State. Their father, retired Lt. Reggie Northrup I, was a standout free safety in the 1980s before entering the Navy. The elder Northrup served in the Navy from 1990-2004 and served two tours in the Gulf War.
Reggan hopes to follow the football footsteps before him. Which position he’ll play, however, is still the big question. Because Northrup is so versatile, he can play a variety of positions on defense. He was recruited more or less as a defensive athlete.
“That’s one of the things they told me they liked about me. They don’t know what I am,” Northrup said of Iowa State. "They don’t know if I’m a safety, outside linebacker or nickel [back]. Either way, they know I can play either one.
“I’m probably most comfortable at outside linebacker, just because I’m really aggressive. I like contact -- a lot. But for now, I’m not sure where I’m going to be until I get there.”
Northrup is the third First Coast player to commit to a BCS school this year. He joins three-star cornerback Kamren Lott and defensive end Spencer Williams, who have committed to Rutgers and Cincinnati, respectively.