Matt Vandeberg of Brandon, South Dakota was offered a grayshirt scholarship by Iowa last month and after thinking it over decided to commit to the Hawkeyes.
He is 6-1/170 pounds and as of yet has been somewhat lightly recruited. He made a good impression on the Iowa coaching staff during Iowa’s football camp back in June, but the Hawkeyes have only three or four more scholarships remaining in this class.
Iowa likes his speed (self reported 4.49 while at a Minnesota camp with a 3.97 pro agility) and that is something that Greg Davis has talked about wanting to improve at the receiver position. So for Iowa to offer him at this position, given their desire to get much faster, it leads to you to believe Vandeberg’s speed is close to reported.
That said, Iowa feels as though it has greater needs elsewhere with their final scholarships and there is a lot of talent returning at receiver for the 2013 season.
Vandeberg had 67 receptions (1,081 yards), which ranks fourth for a season in South Dakota annals with his 16 TDs ranking second on the all-time seasonal chart. He was a first team all state selection this past year. I also saw where Vandeberg had run an 11.02 100-meters in track this spring, plus an 11.12 electronically timed in the state track prelims. He also won the long jump at state this past year with a leap of 22 feet, 6.75 inches.
You can watch several of Vandeberg’s videos at this link as well as at the top of this item.
One thing I will add here…after watching his films, I wouldn’t just pencil him in on the offensive side of the ball. I could easily see him playing free safety at the next level after he ads another 25 to 30 pounds.