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Football Recruiting Notebook — Brownsburg OL Jones Picks Iowa, Roncalli OL Lauck To Visit AL

By: Scott M. Burnstein, March 1, 2022, 1:32 pm

Ending the month of February with two chances to play in the Big Ten, Brownsburg junior offensive lineman Leighton Jones decided Iowa City is where he wants to be and committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes over the weekend. Both Iowa and Purdue came in with his first pair of Big Ten offers in the past six days. The agile 6-foot-5, 260-pound Jones, a 3-star prospect, visited Iowa last weekend and received his offer from Kirk Ferentz last Monday.

“It was a no-brainer once I stepped on campus,” Jones told 24/7 Sports. “The beauty, the tradition of the program spoke to me and let me know where my future was.”

Brownsburg went 9-3 back in the fall, with Jones anchoring the offensive and defensive lines. He collected 45 tackles and 5.5 sacks on defense

Jones is an all-state wrestler in the IHSAA as well, concluding the 2022 campaign with a 44-3 record and finishing third in the state in his weight class. His commitment to Iowa is Coach Ferentz’s first grab on the offensive line for his Class of ’23 recruiting crop and sixth pledge overall.

Greyhound Go-Getters Getting Recruiting Love

Carmel junior linebacker Will Heldt and junior safety Winston Berglund each experienced recent recruiting surges. Heldt snared an offer, while Berglund bagged bids from Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Indiana and Boston College. Purdue, Wake Forest and Iowa State all offered Heldt since January.

The versatile Heldt (6-6, 245) can play outside linebacker or rush end and posted 108 tackles and 5 sacks in the Greyhounds’ 9-2 2021 season. Berglund (6-foot-2, 190) might be the hottest recruit in the Indianapolis area right now, coming off a junior campaign where he made 90 tackles, recovered 3 fumbles, intercepted 3 passes and was credited with 11 deflections.

The visit of all visits

Roncalli junior offensive lineman Trevor Lauck will be descending on Tuscaloosa next weekend for a visit to Alabama. Lauck (6-6, 285) is hoping to leave back to the Circle City with an offer from Crimson Tide, maybe the most prestigious offer you can get on the college recruiting trail. Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois Purdue, Indiana, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Louisville, Rutgers and Boston College are the schools most interested in his services at this moment. He visited Michigan State for Junior Day last month,