ANAMOSA

The name Connor Andresen is going to be remembered for a very long time when it comes to talking about the greatest who have ever played the game of football at Anamosa High School.

As one of the best linemen the school has ever produced (and we’re talking about a program that produced future NFL Hall of Famer Marshal Yanda), Andresen leaves the Raiders as one of the most highly decorated players ever.

Two first-team All-State honors are all you need to know about the talent Andresen possess, and the way he dominated the game during his four years of playing at the varsity level (also an extremely rare accomplishment at AHS).

There was no doubting Andresen was going to play football at the collegiate level.

The only question was, where?

“Even I didn’t have an answer to that question for the longest time,” Andresen said. “But as my recruitment went on, it became very clear where I wanted to go.”

Andresen signed a National Letter of Intent to play football for D-II Upper Iowa University.

“In the end, I was very impressed with how the Upper Iowa coaches wanted their student-athletes to have a life outside of college,” said Andresen, who will play on the offensive line for the Peacocks’ program this fall.

“I also liked the way they have their academics set up, too. You go to 2-3 classes every eight weeks and those are the only classes you concentrate on during that stretch. I think that’s a great way to take classes, and I think is going to work really well for me.”

Andresen, who plans on being an Ag Business major while at Upper Iowa, also likes the connection the university has with Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, who boast a high-level Ag program.

“That pretty much sealed the deal, the connection they have with Calmar,” Andresen said. “I’ll have everything I need. I get to play football at a high level and have the stuff I need for my major. Best of both worlds.”

Andresen will also receive a partial football scholarship from the Peacocks too, who can hand out athletic scholarships being a D-II institution.

“That was a nice plus,” Andresen said. “I’m hoping that with my grades I’ll be able to get an academic scholarship as well. It’s amazing how it all just came together. For the longest time I really had no idea where I wanted to go, now I couldn’t be happier I’m going to play for Upper Iowa.”

Andresen had plenty of interest from programs all over the state, and even had visions of someday playing for the University of Iowa.

The Hawkeye coaches had some interest in the Andresen too, knowing the program had done so well with another amazing Anamosa High School graduate (Yanda) so many years ago.

“I had some very good camps down there at Iowa my freshman and sophomore years and was getting some looks,” Andresen said. “But because of COVID, they didn’t have one last year and I think that hurt me. I was going against some of the top linemen in the state and holding my own, too.”

Andresen expects to do the same with the Peacocks.

“D-II football is still a very high level and there’s going to be a lot of competition for playing time on my very own team, and we’re going to be going against a lot of very talented players every week too,” he said. “My goals are to go there and just try and make a name for myself. Upper Iowa has a young and new coaching staff who have brought in a talented freshman class they’re hoping can make an immediate impact on the program.

“The coaches have told me they expect me to be an offensive lineman at this level, so when I get there on Aug. 9, I’m going to get to work.”

Anamosa football coach Caleb Huss knows the Peacocks are getting a star, on and off the field.

“Connor is an amazing young man who has done so much for this school and our football program,” Huss said. “Everyone here is excited for him, and we all know, even as great as he was here, that his best days are still ahead. He’s going to be so much fun to watch play at the college level.”

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