Jack Van Dusseldorp has a name fit for a strong man contest, and maybe the burly Garner-Hayfield/Ventura sophomore has a future carrying fridges and pulling buses.
Van Dusseldorp is the son of a certified strength and conditioning coach. He started lifting weights when he was 5. He’s 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds now and uses his power to take on offensive linemen and plow lanes for running backs.
“He squats 585 pounds and he can bench press over 500 pounds,” his father and high school coach, Scott Van Dusseldorp, said. “He’s very, very strong.”
The younger Van Dusseldorp is seven games into his high school football career — he missed his freshman season with a torn MCL — but college coaches already know his name. He’s received mail from Iowa State, Kansas, North Texas and Western Kentucky among others.
Jack has four touchdown runs at fullback this season and also plays defensive tackle, defensive end and linebacker. He’ll likely be an interior defensive lineman at the next level.
Scott said Jack needs to work on his top-end speed and learn how to better use his hands, but he’s played his best football lately. Five of his seven tackles for loss this season came in the past two weeks.
Van Dusseldorp is one of the Iowa prep prospects worth tracking. Here are a couple others:
West Delaware TE/DE John Nagel
The Class of 2017 is one of Iowa’s deepest in recent history. At least nine players in the group have already picked up Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offers and Nagel is a candidate to join that list.
“He’s a tremendous athlete and he’s been a great force for us,” West Delaware coach Doug Winkowitsch said. “He’s hopeful he can be a tight end at the next level, but I think he’d be a tremendous offensive lineman for someone as well.”
Nagel, who has taken trips to Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa, is 6-6 and 225 pounds now and has the frame to carry enough weight to hold up as a next-level lineman. He plays tight end for the second-ranked team in Class 3A and Winkowitsch said the Hawks use him on an “as needed” basis on defense.
Four of his nine tackles this season have been sacks.
Manson-Northwest Webster DT/OL Tim Butcher
Butcher’s strength and work habits caught the attention of the Manson-Northwest Webster coaching staff a couple years ago. A former teammate helped him generate some recruiting interest, as well.
Butcher butted heads in practice with Cal Twait, now a freshman offensive lineman at Northern Iowa. When college coaches watched Twait on video, they saw Butcher making plays, too.
“We thought (during Butcher’s) sophomore year he was really going to be something good,” coach Jeff Anliker said. “It really helped that Cal was such an intelligent player for us and knew the game so well. He really helped Tim last year transform that raw talent he had into football talent.”
Anliker said Iowa State, Northern Iowa and South Dakota State are the biggest schools expressing interest in Butcher, who stands a shade taller than 6-2 and weighs 285 pounds.
“He’s a powerful kid,” Anliker said. “His speed for his size is really impressive.”