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Parkston’s Brady Reiff, left, runs towards Wagner quarterback Dylan Brunsing, right, in a high school football game on Sept. 20 in Wagner. (Aaron Saunders/Republic)

PARKSTON — Another Reiff is headed to Iowa.

Parkston junior Brady Reiff verbally committed Thursday afternoon to play football for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

“I like everything it had to offer,” Reiff said Thursday.

The Reiffs are familiar with Kinnick Stadium, as Brady’s oldest brother Riley played for the Hawkeyes from 2008 to 2011 before entering the NFL Draft. Riley was a first-round selection for Detroit, where he currently starts at left tackle.

Brady had a campus visit in March and knew then, he wanted to follow in Riley’s footsteps.

“I’ve been down there quite a few times and the tour really reeled me in,” Brady said. “I’ve built a great relationship with the coaches and the atmosphere is great.”

Brady, a 6-foot-4 215-pound defensive end, will join the Hawkeyes for the 2015 season. He also had offers from South Dakota State and Wyoming, while receiving interest from Nebraska, Michigan State, Iowa State and Minnesota.

As a junior, Reiff, who is also a two-time state wrestling champion, recorded 70 tackles and 11 tackles for a loss, while making nine catches for 218 yards and two touchdowns on offense for Parkston. During the 11B state semifinal game, Reiff hauled in a one-handed catch on fourth down to spark a drive, which put the Trojans in the state championship game.

“Brady is a great athlete and goes through practices and puts it all out there,” Parkston football coach Eric Norden said. “I’m happy he’s got this opportunity and look forward to seeing what he can do with it.

“The news has been going around and the community is a great supporter of all of our students and athletes.”

National Signing Day, the first day Reiff can sign a national letter of intent, is the first Wednesday in February of next year. Reiff is the eighth verbal commitment 15-year Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has received for the 2015 class and the first on the defensive side of the ball.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.