Zach Ortwerth commits to Hawkeyes

Zach Ortwerth provided fireworks during the Monday July 4 holiday celebration when he announced his verbal commitment in Iowa football. The 2023 St. Louis University (MO) tight end made it clear why.

“Engaged #TEU” was all he tweeted.

The Hawkeyes have a long history with players in his position. Iowa is often referred to as Tight End U.

Ortwerth (6-5, 220) officially visited the Hawkeyes the last weekend in June. He also officially visited Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pittsburgh last month.

Rivals class Ortwerth as a three star. The department sees him as Missouri’s No. 22 player overall for ’23.

Zach Ortwerth caught 20 passes for 299 yards and five touchdowns, while credited with eight pancake blocks last fall, according to Max Preps. On defense, he racked up 72 tackles (16 for the loss) and a pair of sacks to go with four passes defended.

You can see Ortwerth’s junior highlights HERE.

Ortwerth became the Hawkeyes’ 14th known verbal commitment in Class 23. He was the first tight end in the group.

2023 Iowa Football Verbal Commitments

Alex Mota, WR, Marion (AI)

Chase Brackney, DL, Colorado

Ben Kueter, LB, Iowa City

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Maddux Borcherding-Johnson, DL, Norwalk (IA)

Marco Lainez, QB, New Jersey

Zach Lutmer, DB, Rock Rapids (IA)

Leighton Jones, OL, Indiana

John Nestor, DB, Chicago

Aidan Hall, ATH, Harlan (IA)

David Caulker, DE, North Des Moines

Kenrick Raphael, RB, Florida

Canon Leonard, OL, Ill.

Trevor Lauck, OL, Indiana

Kadyn Proctor, OL, Pleasant Hill (IA)

Zach Ortwerth, TE, St. Louis