Decorah's Josey Jewell will sign a national letter of intent Wednesday to play football for the University of Iowa. (Photo by Rick Fromm)
Decorah's Josey Jewell will sign a national letter of intent Wednesday to play football for the University of Iowa. (Photo by Rick Fromm)

Decorah's Josey Jewell has made the big time.

The senior will sign his national letter of intent Wednesday morning to play football for the University of Iowa. Jewell was offered a scholarship by Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz Sunday afternoon. He can't officially sign his letter of intent until Wednesday, the national signing day.

"I am very thankful and excited to have the opportunity to become a Hawkeye. My teammates, teachers and coaches have done a great deal to help me reach this point. I am hopeful that the lessons learned thus far from them will help me contribute as much as I can to the Iowa football program," said Jewell.

Jewell will join fellow former Viking Brett Van Sloten next season, when Van Sloten is a senior.



Honors for Jewell

Although a multi-year starter for the Vikes, Jewell was unstoppable his senior season on both ends of the field.

Playing both ways, Jewell led the Viking rushing attack with 1,314 yards on 166 carries, averaging 7.9 yards per attempt. He crossed the goal line 21 times rushing, with a long of 89. He also caught 11 passes for 91 yards.

On defense, he was second on the team in total tackles with 100, 62 solo and 38 assists. He also had 12 tackles for a loss, five sacks and two fumble recoveries.

The awards accumulated after the season ended. He was named The Cedar Rapids Gazette/KCRG All-Area Player of the Year, the Class 3A captain by the Iowa Newspapers Association (INA), first team by the INA, Des Moines Register and Class 3A District 5 and was named to the Des Moines Register's defense all-elite team. He was also named first team by the INA, Des Moines Register and Class 3A District 5 after the 2011 campaign.

Jewell helped lead the Vikes to the Class 3A state championship game, where the Vikings defeated Sioux City Bishop Heelan 49-21 to win the fifth state title in school history and first since 1989. For his efforts, he was named the MVP of the game. He had 160 yards rushing on 23 carries, a 7.0 yards-per-carry average. He also had three touchdowns in the victory. On defense he had three solo and two assisted tackles and an interception.

For his career he has 3,240 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns. On defense he's made 190 solo tackles and 120 assists.

Jewell hasn't just excelled on the gridiron. He also plays basketball, baseball and track. He's been a three-year letter winner in basketball and track and twice in baseball.

Jewell is the son of Bob and Paula Jewell.