July 23, 2012

Hawks offer grayshirt

Speedy South Dakota wide receiver Matthew VandeBerg impressed the Iowa coaching staff at their camp this summer. So much so that the Hawkeyes wanted to offer the 6-foot-1, 168-pounder, but with 16 commits already on the board they are pretty limited on scholarships the rest of the way. So they decided to do the next best thing and offered a grayshirt opportunity to VandeBerg.

"Coach Morgan, who is the recruiter for my region, sent me an e-mail saying you need to call Coach Ferentz. You're going to like what he has to say," said VandeBerg. "So I called Coach Ferentz and we had a nice talk. He said we really like you and we think you'd be a great addition to our team, but seeing as we have so many commits right now we can't offer you a scholarship for this year but we would like to offer you a grayshirt."

"Then he kind of walked me through what a grayshirt actually means," he continued. "Basically, it means I would only be a part-time student my first semester and then I would start with the team second semester and be a scholarship player. That second semester is when I could start working out with the team and then I'd go through spring ball with them and everything."

The offer is the first for VandeBerg, who is also hearing from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa State, among others.

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