Tristan Wirfs is ranked as the No. 2 player in Iowa and will play in college at the University of Iowa, but his high school career will end in Texas.
Wirfs received his honorary jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Friday when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to his school, Mount Vernon. Wirfs was honored in front of family, friends and classmates.
The Army Bowl is Jan. 7 in San Antonio.
Wirfs, who stands 6-5 1/4, has gone from 270 as a junior to 317 as a senior, but remains light on his feet. He credits the school’s strength and ability programs. As he’s gotten bigger and stronger, his technique has gotten more refined and he’s benefited from playing in a rotation on the defensive line in order to keep him fresher for Mount Vernon’s hurry-up offense.
“Tristan went to the (Nike) Opening Regional in Chicago having not been to a ton of camps like that before and not really seen elite speed rushers,” Scout.com Midwest recruiting analyst Allen Trieu told Gannett partner The Des Moines Register before the season. “That was a situation he could have easily struggled in, but he didn’t and made the final five on the offensive line. That camp gave us a glimpse into what he can be. He’s not as raw as we thought he might be.”
“He might not be as close to being a finished product technically, but he’s light on his feet and had outstanding results in track and field, which correlates to football success.”
He is ranked as the nation’s No. 21 offensive tackle and No. 149 overall, according to 247Sports, which helps select the players for the Army Bowl.
Also a state champion discus thrower and a state qualifier in wrestling, Wirfs projects as an offensive tackle at the next level, though his multi-sport ability and the importance Iowa places on versatility make him a candidate to move around. He could also find himself competing on the track team for the Hawkeyes.