Iowa State football picks up Iowa native Zach Petersen

Brian Mozey

The early signing period for college football is only two days away, but Zach Petersen decided to make his announcement early as he tweeted out his commitment to Iowa State tonight.

Petersen, a North Scott High School defensive end, is a three-star recruit that has a 0.8366 rating, according to He’s also ranked seventh in the state of Iowa and ranked 68th in the country for strong-side defensive ends. 

“After thinking very long and hard and doing a little praying I am pleased to say that I will be continuing my athletic and academic career at Iowa State University,” Petersen said in his statement on Twitter. 

Petersen recorded 16 tackles for loss and 10 solo sacks on the season at North Scott. 

He also received offers from Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and Big 12 rival Kansas State. 

Petersen is not the only family member to play football at Iowa State as his father, Troy Petersen, played nose tackle with the Cyclones from 1991-94.