Iowa Football: Iowa Recruiting Class of 2022 Preview: Addison Ostrenga

The Iowa Hawkeyes freshmen are officially on campus and excited to join the squad of current Hawkeyes as they prepare for the 2022 college football season. Kirk Ferentz’s 2022 recruit class was ranked 30th by 247Sports and continues to grow. Next in the preview for Iowa’s class is tight end Addison Ostrenga.

Heading into the summer of 2021, Ostrenga was signed to Iowa for baseball, but he was also interested in playing football at the next level. After a strong spring season in his junior year, Ostrenga decided he wanted to camp at a few schools. Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin were among the camp stations for him, and Iowa offered a week or two after he visited the camp.


“I really wanted to go to a Big Ten school, and Iowa is tight end U. I don’t know why I would go anywhere else as a tight end. I’ve loved Iowa City since I was drafted into baseball there. I have been there several times now. I just love Iowa City. That was a big thing for me. I really like the trainers down there. When I got the offer, I jumped at it almost immediately. I needed a little time to make sure. I wasn’t even home yet so I had to talk to my parents and stuff before I made a decision. I was pretty confident that I would go to Iowa.

“Those were really good conversations,” Ostrenga said of meeting Kirk and Brian Ferentz during his official visit. “He really opened up to me and my family what it’s like to be an athlete from Iowa. The talks were really encouraging. He thinks I’m a hard worker and that I definitely have the potential to do good things in the future, which is good to hear. It was really nice that he opened up to us. It was super cool.”

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Expert analysis:

Played split-out in high school, demonstrating ability to run routes and catch the ball like a receiver. Looked a little quicker and more sudden as a senior. Showed the ability to catch and accelerate after running, and also got stronger, which showed in his blocking. He needs to adjust to playing on the ball and we expect him to play more hand down, although he will be able to continue to break up and get up in the slot if a school needs him . Former baseball commit who displays athleticism and coordination and has a good chance as a tight end prospect. Got some work to do in the weight room but the ceiling is high. – Allen Trieu from 247Sports


Iowa hit and missed previous tight targets, but Ostrenga is an intriguing option and his performance could far exceed his original recruiting rank. Ostrenga needs to develop and grow as a blocker, but he has the ability to get the ball high in the air, has no fear of contact and has excellent hand-eye coordination. All of these qualities add up to a tight end in Iowa. He will not be under any pressure to arrive in Iowa and make his contribution immediately. He will have a chance to learn under potential all-American tight end Sam LaPorta for a year before really settling for rotational snaps. Ostrenga has the characteristics of players who typically do well in the Hawkeyes’ system.

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