NCF On The Trail: Ben Niemann



There are still big holes to fill in recruiting for the 2014 class and top targets still on the board. A lot of position groups are being addressed in recruiting, but not many have been completely filled.

Big Ten recruiting writers Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival take a look at the most important position for each Big Ten team in the 2014 class.

Iowa adds three-star linebacker 

August, 18, 2013
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Early summer interest has turned into a full commitment for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Back in June, Iowa brought an offer to three-star inside linebacker Aaron Mends (Kansas City, Mo./Winnetonka). Two months later, the 6-foot-1, 204-pound senior became the 12th commitment in the 2014 class for the Hawkeyes, choosing Iowa over Iowa State.

The addition of Mends shows just how serious coach Kirk Ferentz is about filling the middle of the Hawkeyes’ defense.


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Niemann makes the switch to Iowa

July, 21, 2013
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Outside linebacker prospect Ben Niemann (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) has changed his commitment from Northern Illinois to Iowa, according to multiple reports.

Ben's decision could sting his father Jay, who is the defensive coordinator at Northern Illinois and played college football for the Hawkeyes' in-state rival, Iowa State.

Eastern Michigan and Illinois State also offered the the 6-foot-3, 195-pound high school wide receiver, who is expected to make the transition to defense at the next level. He had 876 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.

Iowa has a dozen pledges on board for 2014.

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