Bursting onto the scene with a huge senior football season, Anamosa’s Trae Klatt decided to make a quick change of plans when it came to his immediate future.
“I was planning on being a power lineman and taking classes to start that as my career,” said Klatt, who was a third-team All-State football pick last fall and saw his stock rise significantly with area colleges who came calling competing for his services.
“It wasn’t until my senior year that I started thinking that maybe football could be something I could do at the college level. All the recruiting stuff started my senior year, so I decided if I found the right fit, I would give football and college a try.”
Klatt found that right fit, with Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.
“I liked going the JUCO route to see if maybe I could play two years there and then transfer to a D-I school and try and keep my football career going. Iowa Western’s coaches really liked what I bring to the team and called me a diamond in the rough.”
Iowa Western wasn’t the only school competing for Klatt’s services, as Wartburg, Upper Iowa and Simpson were all in the running.
“Those were the three schools I was talking with the most,” Klatt said. “But in the end, I felt Iowa Western was the best place for me. They liked me when a lot of other schools were overlooking me and they really think I have a future in this game.
“Iowa Western has produced a lot of D-I football talent over the years and if I can get in there and start working, they said I could be one of those guys. I’m going to give it my best shot.”
Klatt, a star receiver for the Raiders the last couple of seasons, expects to play the same position with the Reivers this fall.
“That’s what they thought anyway, but things can change,” Klatt said. “They could switch me to safety once I get there. I’ll do whatever it takes to get on the field. I’ve got a two-year window here, and I want to make the most of it.”
Anamosa football coach Caleb Huss, fully expects Klatt to impress the Iowa Western coaches once he arrives on campus.
“Trae wasn’t sure if college football was going to be in his future, and here he is, playing for a program that produces a ton of D-I talent,” Huss said. “The growth Trae made during his time at Anamosa was amazing, and I know he’ll do the same once he gets to Iowa Western. Trae is a college football player, and he’ll show everyone that over the next couple of years.”
Klatt’s decision to attend Iowa Western gives the Reivers two Jones County stars on their 2021 roster as Midland All-Stater Iziek Soper will also be playing for the program this fall.