By Tony Adams
The recruitment of Belton quarterback Peyton Mansell went from a simmer earlier in the spring to an all-out boil near the end of spring practice.
Schools such as Arkansas Tech, North Dakota State, Cornell, Columbia, San Diego State, Coastal Carolina, Harvard, Yale, Houston Baptist, North Texas, Rice, New Mexico State, Dartmouth, Florida Atlantic, Abilene Christian, Iowa, New Mexico and Southern Miss made offers to the soon-to-be Tiger senior.
On Monday night, Mansell verbally committed to the University of Iowa. He is the 10th commit in the Hawkeyes’ 2017 class.
On Twitter and Facebook, the Mansell family was clad in their black-and-yellow Iowa t-shirts, showing the family support for the decision.
“It’s really nice to be able to go and say I’m going to be competing at a really high level stage,” Mansell said. “And then to just be able to have the load of having to think about where I’m going lifted off of my shoulders.”
Mansell, one of the most recruited quarterbacks in Texas over the past year, was District 12-6A Offensive Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-District quarterback in 2015. He accounted for 30 touchdowns (20 touchdown passes, 10 touchdown runs), was 138-of-231 passing for 1,708 yards and ran the ball 113 times for 789 yards. He also punted 38 times for 1,173 yards (30.9 yards per punt) and had five punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
As a sophomore on Belton’s JV Red squad, he threw for 1,674 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also ran for 758 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Prior to his junior season, Dave Campbell’s 2015 Texas Football named him a Player to Watch.
The Iowa ties to Belton are unique and goes back to Belton head coach Bob Shipley’s days at the University of Texas. Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis, a good friend of Shipley’s, helped put together the Longhorns’ national championship team in 2005. That team included former Belton Tiger great Ramonce Taylor.
Mansell will quarterback the Belton 7-on-7 team at the Texas 7-on-7 Division I State Championships in College Station on July 8-9. Belton’s first fall practice will be in early August.