RIVERSIDE — Trey Lasek helped Highland High School to within one game of playing at the UNI-Dome during his senior season of football.
Lasek will get to play in the Dome after all since he signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play for the University of Northern Iowa.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that he can play at that level,” Highland co-head football coach Joe Donovan said. “I think once he gets his wings underneath him, he will excel at that level.”
Lasek considered other schools, primarily Iowa State, Iowa Western and Upper Iowa, but when South Dakota became interested, UNI ramped up its recruitment.
“I was supposed to go on an official visit (to South Dakota) last weekend, but UNI called and wanted me to go there and that visit convinced me,” Lasek said. “After talking to (UNI head coach Mark) Farley, I knew I wanted to go to UNI. It was kind of cool to get to talk to him on my official visit.”
Lasek was also impressed with UNI defensive coordinator and safeties coach Jeremiah Johnson.
“After talking to them and seeing that they put three safeties on the field, I thought I need to go play there,” Lasek said. “Right now, it’s looking like I am going to play safety. They told me to keep my options open, so I could still end up playing receiver or quarterback or linebacker. We are just going to go with the flow and see what the best way is to get me on the field.”
Lasek has played all those positions with the Huskies as well as running back.
“That goes to show what kind of athlete he is. Trey can do so many things,” Donovan said. “I think that is what created a spot for him and with his athleticism, he is going to make a great contribution to UNI.”
Lasek also intends to take something away from the college — a degree, but is unsure exactly what it will be in. He is very sure of his career path.
“I am undecided on my major. I am leaning toward something like athletic training. I want to minor in coaching. Hopefully, I can become a college football coach.”
Coach Farley was the difference when Lasek made his choice for a couple of reasons.
“He has a lot of graduate assistants. If I want to become a football coach, it will be huge to learn from him. I think Coach Johnson is one of the best defensive coordinators in the country. When I was talking to them for a little bit about what they do there, I fell in love with it. I just had the feeling that I would get more knowledge from them than I would from going anywhere else.”
On its website, UNI lists 30 signees from Wednesday, and 22 are from in state.
“I think they know that there is quality kids here in the state of Iowa,” Donovan said. “They know they can contribute in a very positive way to the program. I think Iowa kids bring an aspect of hard work.”
Trey Lasek is the epitome of that.
“I think it was his dream school to attend,” Donovan said. “I am so happy for him that he gets to go to the No. 1 school on his list. I’m excited for him and I will be one of his biggest cheerleaders.”