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4-Star Athlete, Hall of Famer’s Relative, Ready for Big Ten Football
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Arland Bruce IV is just one member of a very athletic family.

His father, Arland Bruce III, spent time with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, and racked up nearly 12,000 yards in the CFL. His father’s cousin is Rams legend and NFL Hall of Famer Isaac Bruce.

Success runs in this family’s blood.

Bruce IV, a four-star athlete, racked up touchdowns for Olathe North and Ankeny High School and looks ready for college football.

Starting next fall, he’ll suit up for head coach Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Arland Bruce IV Commits to University of Iowa 

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Despite his four-star designation, Arland Bruce IV didn’t receive as many NCAA offers as one might expect. Iowa State, Tulsa, and Western Illinois all reached out, while schools such Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska showed interest, but didn’t send a scholarship, according to 247Sports.

The Hawks’ recruiting class is ranked as the seventh-best in the Big Ten, and there are plenty of prospects to like here.

Bruce IV will join wide receivers Keagan Johnson and Brody Brecht in Iowa City next season, and this offense is shaping up to be special.

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ATH Arland Bruce IV Highlights 

Arland Bruce IV has done it all on the field.

At Olathe North, he spent time as a quarterback, running back, and wide receiver on one side of the ball, and he occasionally lined up as a defensive back on the other side.

Thanks to his 43 rushing touchdowns and additional five passing scores, he was named the Kansas City Metro Player of the Year in 2019.

High school football was postponed in Bruce’s home county due to increasing COVID cases last year, so he transferred to Ankeny in Iowa to get one final chance to shine.

After an eligibility battle that lasted for weeks, he added an additional 660 yards to his ledger and helped his team win a state title.

Despite the “athlete” label, Arland Bruce IV will officially slot in as a wide receiver in college.

No matter which position he ends up playing, he’s going to be an immense help to the Iowa Hawkeyes next season and in the future.

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Matt is a recent graduate of New York University with a degree in Sports Management. He is a passionate New York Yankees, New York Islanders, and Minnesota Vikings fan. He also has a podcast about minor league baseball called "On the Farm."
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