The 12th verbal commitment for the 2014 class was known on Saturday when Missouri prep Aaron Mends told the Iowa coaching staff that he was picking the Hawkeyes, according to several Iowa media outlets.
Mends is a three-star linebacker, according to rivals.com, and a zero star running back, according to scout.com. The Hawkeyes could play him at either position but with a lot of turnover at linebacker next season, it looks like he will first start at WILL linebacker.
"The whole week I was feeling like I would be ready to commit this weekend," Mends said. "After the scrimmage today, it went really well and I was ready to be a Hawkeye."
Mends stands 6-foot and weighs 200 pounds. He will play one last season at Winnetonka High School in Kansas City and then head to Iowa City next fall to play for the Hawkeyes. He also had offers from Iowa State and North Dakota State.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said the 2014 class will likely feature 18-20 student-athletes. That means the coaches would like to lock up commitments and eventual signatures from six to eight more athletes in the coming months.
"The campus is really nice and the team is heading in the right direction,' Mends said. "Coach (Jim) Reid is a great guy and let me know how much he wanted me to be a Hawkeye.
"The kind of guy Coach Ferentz is also was big. He's humble. He's been at Iowa for years. Other places call him and he stays there. If he's staying at Iowa, there must be something real special at Iowa."