Detroit Country Day's Tyler Wiegers picked Iowa over Penn after decommitting from Rutgers. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
The Detroit News will profile one of its Blue Chip recruits every day leading up to the Feb. 5 National Signing Day. Today: No. 6 player Tyler Wiegers.
Birmingham – Quarterback Tyler Wiegers of Detroit Country Day thought he had the recruiting process licked. He committed to Rutgers last spring and looked forward to helping the program in its transition to the Big Ten.
But in November, Jevon Tyree, a redshirt freshman at Rutgers, left the program, claiming now-fired defensive coordinator Dave Cohen threatened and verbally abused him. That case is still being investigated by Rutgers.
That followed the much-publicized incident from December 2012, when Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was first suspended and then fired for inappropriate behavior and language directed at players during practices.
“I was happy with my commitment (to Rutgers),” Wiegers said. “I hadn’t been in contact with any other school. But after the (Country Day) season was over my parents and I discussed the situation and decided to re-open my recruiting.”
Wiegers then made official visits to Penn and Iowa before committing to Iowa.
“It was tough choosing,” Wiegers said. “The visits helped out a lot. I couldn’t go wrong either way. It came down to me having a chance to play at the Big Ten level.”
Wiegers has a 3.83 grade-point average and scored a 30 on the ACT. At 6-4 and 215 pounds, Wiegers is expected to contend for a starting spot at Iowa one day. But he said he expects to be redshirted for the 2014 season.