SH senior accepts scholarship offer to play football at Iowa

South Hamilton senior linebacker Logan Klemp was offered and accepted a scholarship to play football at the University of Iowa on Friday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

AMES — Hey Logan Klemp, dreams do come true. Oh, and welcome to Big Ten football.

South Hamilton’s 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior linebacker is headed to the University of Iowa. At approximately 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Klemp was offered and accepted a scholarship to play for the Hawkeyes and head coach Kirk Ferentz.

From the Hawks to the Hawkeyes. Not bad.

“It’s been amazing, a dream come true really,” Logan Klemp said of his whirlwind day following the South Hamilton boys’ basketball team’s 71-57 rout of North Polk Friday night. “Hard work has really paid off.”

Ferentz and defensive line coach Reece Morgan flew into Ames on Wednesday and spent several hours with Logan Klemp in Jewell that afternoon. Linebackers coach Seth Wallace then informed Klemp of the offer via a telephone call Friday.

“It’s been a long process, but it all worked out as he dreamed in the end,” South Hamilton head football coach Corey Klemp said of his son’s decision. “It’s obviously something he’s worked extremely hard for and has been very passionate about. To see him rewarded in this way, it’s just really cool.”

Klemp had a slew of scholarship offers — UNI, North Dakota State, North Dakota, South Dakota State, Minnesota State and Cornell University all wanted him — and last week verbally committed to attend the University of South Dakota, but for an Iowa kid who grew up bleeding black and gold, the opportunity to suit up for the Hawkeyes was simply too good to pass up.

“Ever since I was a little kid, I was always looking up to guys on the team,” Logan Klemp said. “I don’t know how you could live in Iowa and not be an Iowa Hawkeye fan.”

A four-year starter for South Hamilton, Klemp was twice named an all-state linebacker by the Iowa Newspaper Association. This past fall, the Iowa Football Coaches Association named him the Class 1A Player of the Year after he led the Hawks to an 8-2 record and trip to the state playoffs.

As a senior, Klemp made 821⁄2 tackles, including 53 solo stops. He recorded 11 tackles for loss and six sacks. On offense, he rushed for 1,260 yards and 13 touchdowns.

A decorated multiple-sport athlete, Klemp is a starter on South Hamilton’s fifth-ranked (Class 2A) basketball team that is 21-0 following wins on Friday and Saturday.

Last spring, Klemp placed seventh in the 2A shot put at the state track and field meet.

The entire South Hamilton community rallied around Klemp throughout the recruiting process, and now it will get the chance to watch him grow at the college level.

“It’s as big a thing for South Hamilton as it is for Logan,” Corey Klemp said. “It’s neat to see people get behind him and I know he’s very appreciative of that.”

With the stress of the decision now behind him, Logan Klemp said he’s ready to get to work.

“That’s what I’ve been really looking forward to the last two months,” he said. “I wanted to pick a spot and once I did just go to work. That’s what’s gotten me this far, so I just want to work my butt off.”

Klemp will officially sign his letter of intent on Wednesday.