Once a Hawkeye, always a Hawkeye.
That’s how Mitch Keppy summarized his commitment to football coach Kirk Ferentz’ scholarship offer.
“It’s like I grew up with Iowa football,” Keppy, a junior two-way lineman at Riverdale High School in Port Byron, Ill., said Thursday.
He grew up with Iowa football because his father, Myron, was a Hawkeye defensive lineman between 1985-87.
“He’s a lot better than I ever was,” Myron Keppy said. “I came out of high school at 218 pounds. Mitch is 280.”
Additionally, Mitch’s grandfather, Ralph Keppy, has owned a parking pass just steps from Kinnick Stadium for years.
“Hawkeye football is in the blood,” Mitch said. “I couldn’t imagine me going somewhere else.”
Mitch Keppy also had recruiting interest from Big Ten Conference schools Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Nebraska, but Iowa was the first to offer.
“I was hoping, maybe expecting, Iowa to offer, but I didn’t expect it this early,” he said of this week’s offer. “Thankfully it’s all over now.”
Myron Keppy wore No. 77 during his days as a Hawkeye.
“Hard telling what number Mitch will wear,” said Myron, a member of assistant coach Dan McCarney’s Iowa defensive line during years Ferentz was the offensive line coach.
“Mitch — he’s his own person when it comes to that.
“Knowing Mitch, he’ll wear whatever number they give him.”
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