Ottumwa High offensive lineman Seth Rupp chose the junior college route to pursue his football dreams. The 2014 Bulldog captain signed a letter of intent Wednesday with Iowa Western, hoping to follow in the footsteps of several other players who have played with the Reivers before joining a Division I school.
Rupp anchored the offensive line last fall for Ottumwa head coach Zach Pfantz’s best offense to date. OHS led the district in passing and averaged six yards per play from scrimmage, racking up 28 touchdowns. Rupp, who began the season as the Bulldogs’ only returning starter on the O-line, assumed the role of team captain and provided leadership for the unit that opened running holes for Isaiah Cox and made time for Brok Hopwood to throw the ball.
Rupp says he picked Iowa Western because the Reivers had consistently recruited him since his junior season, and because he hopes to someday play at the Division I level. Iowa Western has produced several D-I players in recent seasons, along with winning a national title in 2012 and finishing 2014 ranked #3 in the country. Former Iowa State running back Aaron Wimberly and former Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters both played for Iowa Western, and in December, 12 Reivers signed with D-I programs, including Minnesota, Louisville and Illinois.