Plumb commits to Iowa over Badgers, others

Bay Port's Jack Plumb stands with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz during a recent visit to Iowa.
Bay Port's Jack Plumb stands with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz during a recent visit to Iowa. (Submitted photo)

SUAMICO (WLUK) -- Jack Plumb started his high school sports career as a noted basketball player who likely was going to get some college attention, and in fact Green Bay offered Plumb early in his career.

However, after opening eyes on the football field last fall Plumb started drawing eyes from college football teams and this spring his name started rising on the recruiting trail. Monday, after receiving 11 Division I college football offers, including Wisconsin, Plumb verbally committed to play at Iowa, starting in the 2018-19 season.

"I was down there for the visit on Friday and Saturday, it felt really good," Plumb said. "A really good relationship with coach (Kirk) Ferentz and coach Tim Polasek, the offensive line coach, and with the history of converting tight ends to offensive linemen and getting them to the NFL, that really intrigued me."

Plumb is the second area football player to commit to Iowa, following Green Bay Preble running back Henry Geil, who committed earlier this spring.

Plumb had three Division I basketball offers, but last season he was put on alert his future could be in football.

"(Bay Port) Coach (Gary) Westerman told me in his office about halfway though this (past) season, my junior year and said, 'You can be a Division I football player if you want,'" Plumb remembered. "I laughed and called him crazy. We sent out the film, put it out to all the Big Ten schools, more of like a joke, hoping they would come back and reply."

They replied. Plumb said other teams he considered with Iowa were Wisconsin Michigan State and Minnesota.

"I always said to myself if I was 6-10, I would be a basketball player and if I was 6-8 I was going to be a football player," Plumb said. "I've been 6-8 for a while so I think my best shot was in football."

Plumb said he probably will redshirt his freshman year in order to put on weight. He said he's at 245 pounds and Iowa would like him at 280-285 pounds.

As for moving from tight end to left tackle, he thinks he can make a successful move.

"The offense we run here, I block a lot so blocking-wise won't be much of a difference," Plumb said. "I think the biggest change for me will be putting on weight.

"They say I have a really good feet for my size, I can bend really well. They say left tackle would be the spot for you."

Playing football in the Big Ten means Plumb will play in venues like Camp Randall Stadium, Ohio Stadium and Michigan Stadium, amongst others. He can't wait to be on the sidelines in those stadiums.

"I went to a few Badgers games last year and I got chills every time," Plumb said. "To be on the sideline as a player, I can't wait. It'll be something I remember for the rest of my life."

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