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February 1, 2012

A look ahead at the Class of 2013

The top football players around the country may have signed their Letters of Intent today but Iowa Preps takes a look ahead. A number of in-state athletes have already shined among their peers. See who is mentioned in this free article now!

As a note, these are not necessarily our top 15 in the Class of 2013. These are just a list of 15 athletes to keep a close eye on in the junior class. For those interested, see our Top 200 in the Class of 2013 along with our top players by position in the junior class as well.

Alex Moerer, Waverly-Shell Rock, Defensive Lineman
Moerer is a big body in the trenches who helped Waverly-Shell Rock to the playoffs again as a junior. He has dominated in athletics and is also involved in a school musical and the speech team among other things.

Blake Gimbel, Marshalltown, Quarterback
The numbers that Gimbel has posted makes him one to keep an eye on but is he a product of the Bobcat system? Time will tell but this junior finished with 3,979 yards passing during the fall.

Bryce Sweeney, Sioux City Heelan, Offensive Lineman
Heelan has sent a number of players to the major Division I level over the years and Sweeney has the size to be a sought after recruit. 6-foot-6, 300 pound athletes don't grow on trees every year.

Dante Copeland, Panorama, Offensive Lineman
Copeland is already a three year starter for Panorama. His ability to dominate in the trenches helped his team to an undefeated regular season in 2011 along with a district title.

Derrick Willies, Burlington, Wide Receiver
Willies may not have played varsity as a sophomore but he used his 6-foot-3 frame to total nearly 1,000 receiving yards. Expect double team after double team to come his way as a senior.

Note: Willies recently transferred to Rock Island (Illinois) and will not be an Iowa prep during the 2012 season).

Dondre Alexander, Iowa City West, Wide Receiver
While playing for one of Iowa's best teams, Alexander caught 65 passes for 974 yards during his junior campaign. He has also shined on the basketball court for the Trojans as well.

Jake Campos, West Des Moines Valley, Offensive Lineman
At 6-foot-8, 260 pounds, Campos has the size and height that college coaches seek. He received an offer from Iowa State after he played his first varsity game. Iowa and Purdue have also extended scholarships.

Jesse Ertz, Mediapolis, Quarterback
Ertz has played a lot of downs at the varsity level over the years and it continues to pay off. His overall athleticism and size will help him receive a number of evaluations at the college level.

Joel Lanning, Ankeny, Athlete
Lanning is a gamer and has proven to be a standout in a handful of different sports. If football is what he ends up doing, his question is up in the air after playing quarterback the last two seasons.

Jon Wisnieski, Dowling Catholic, Tight End
Wisnieski may not have put up big receiving yards but his combination of size, speed, and strength have helped him snag scholarships from the coaches at Iowa and Purdue. Expect more to come his way as well.

Kyle Starcevich, Southeast Polk, Quarterback
The Rams have a deep pipeline of producing talented quarterbacks and Starcevich is next. This soon to be three year starter threw for 29 touchdowns and 2,291 yards over his junior year.

Ricky Williams, Oakland Riverside, Offensive Lineman
Williams may be a small school lineman but his size and footwork are something that few can match. He is also a monster on the basketball court and will see recruiting attention coming there as well.

Sam Raridon, West Des Moines Valley, Defensive Tackle
Raridon has football in his bloodlines and his play in the trenches has helped him earn an offer from the coaches at the University of Iowa. Defensive tackle is a sought after position in college.

Trev Hadachek, Union, Athlete
Hadachek is one of Iowa's most versatile athletes in the Class of 2013. He has shined at quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back during his prep career. Eastern Illinois has extended an early offer.

Zach Skibinski, Heelan, Defensive End
At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Skibinski has the size that college coaches seek off the edge. He led the Crusaders with 18 tackles for loss and added five sacks along the way as well.

Agree/Disagree? Talk about it on the Off the Record Forum. See our Top 200 in the Class of 2013 that is currently being updated daily!



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