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Lutmer commits to play football at Iowa

May 16, 2022 5:00pm

Rock Rapids -- One day after getting offered, a soon-to-be senior at Central Lyon, Zach Lutmer, has committed to play football at Iowa for the 2023 season.

In an interview with Sioux County Radio, Lutmer said he wasn't expecting the call from Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.
"It kind of caught me off-guard," Lutmer explained. "I wasn't suspecting them to offer. They told my coach, Coach Eben, that they had some good news coming. They came along a few days later and offered me, and it was kind of a no-brainer at that point."

Lutmer says a combination of things made Iowa an easy choice for him.
"It all starts with the relationships I built with the coaches. They've been here from my sophomore here on," Lutmer said. "The atmosphere (at Kinnick) is crazy and the culture."

Lutmer says other schools offered him the opportunity to play quarterback at the college level. 
"SDSU kind of a left it up to me," Lutmer told Sioux County Radio. "They said I could either play quarterback or safety. USD, they said I could play quarterback, wide receiver, or safety. But I think the plan was always to play safety because that's what I think I can play at the highest level and be the best at in college."

Lutmer did receive interest from other schools in the midwest, as well.
"Northern Illinois, they showed quite a bit of interest. NDSU showed interest, but it was mostly midwest teams."

Lutmer enters his senior season with a chip on his shoulder.
"I think there's a lot of things I need to prove," Lutmer exclaimed. "I think I need to prove that I can win the big games. From losing two games in the state championship, I need to go out there and prove that we can win it all."

During his junior year, Lutmer threw for 1,016 yards, eight touchdowns, against five interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 1246 yards and 22 scores. He was the Class 2A District 1 Offensive MVP.

Defensively Lutmer recorded 46.5 total tackles, 36 solo. He also had four interceptions, with one being taken back for a score.

You can view the full interview with Lutmer below.