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Football: It’s Iowa for Providence’s Vejvoda

Providence tight end Nate Vejvodhas committed Iowa.  |  File photo

Providence tight end Nate Vejvoda has committed to Iowa. | File photo

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Updated: July 27, 2014 5:45PM



A month ago, Providence tight end Nate Vejvoda committed to Miami Ohio over offers from Ball State, Buffalo, Toledo, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. Then, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound prospect got a game-changing offer, from Iowa.

After mulling over what the Hawkeyes had to offer — and taking a visit Saturday to campus — he knew that Iowa was the place for him.

“I committed while I was on campus,” Vejvoda said. “It felt more personal going there with an offer. I knew I was going to commit when I went to visit, so I just got to feel the atmosphere more to make sure committing was what I wanted to do.”

Just three days before, Iowa extended the scholarship offer to Vejvoda, and it was a bit of a surprise for the rising senior.

“My family was all really surprised and really happy for me when they offered. We weren’t really expecting it at the time, and then it came through, and we are like, ‘Wow,’ ” Vejvoda said. “Coach Brian Ferentz told me to call head coach Kirk Ferentz, and while talking to him he gave me the offer. I was just in shock. I wasn’t expecting it, and it happened and I was really happy. It was a big relief that I got the offer.”

Although the process wasn’t all fun for Vejvoda, after receiving the offer from Iowa, he had to call the coaches at Miami Ohio to break the news he would be reopening his recruitment.

“When I got the offer, I kind of knew that I wanted to be a Hawkeye, so that was stressful thinking about how I was going to recommit,” Vejvoda said. “But when I did, Coach Chuck Martin was really nice about it. He wished me the best of luck and told me I would always have a place there. I appreciate the opportunity they gave me.”

In the end, the decision was a pretty straightforward one for Vejvoda.

“Iowa was the first big school that started recruiting me, and from a while back, I had a connection with them,” Vejvoda said. “Then I went for my first visit and loved everything about it. They kept in contact with me, and after they saw me told me they thought I was a very good football player. I went to their satellite camp at Lake Forest College, and the coaches told me to keep in touch with them after the camp. I just love the tradition and the family atmosphere that goes a long with it at Iowa.”

Vejvoda made the trip to Iowa City with his mom and dad. His older brother, Mitch, is a redshirt sophomore tight end at South Dakota State.



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