SIOUX CENTER, Iowa | The Dordt College football program just got a whole lot better.

Noah Clayberg, the Gatorade Iowa High School Player of the Year in 2015, has announced his intention to transfer to Dordt from the University of Iowa.

Clayberg, a freshman from Pella, Iowa, appeared in 11 games for the Hawkeyes this season and had five tackles while playing safety and on special teams.

He is most noted, however, for his exploits at Pella High School where he quarterbacked the Dutch to back-to-back Class 3A state championships in 2014 and 2015.

As a senior at Pella, Clayberg ran for 1,810 yards and 30 touchdowns and passed for 1,695 yards and 21 touchdowns. That came on the heels of a junior season in which he rushed for 1,637 yards (21 TDs) and passed for 1,250 yards (14 TDs). During those two seasons, he also accumulated 71 tackles and intercepted three passes.

For his high school career, Clayberg racked up 3,718 rushing yards and 3,695 yards through the air.

“It’s not every day that a small college lands a recruit of this caliber and experience,” Dordt Coach Joel Penner said. “Noah will make our college a better place as well as our football program. After hearing of his desire to transfer from the University of Iowa and obtaining his release, our recruiting message to Noah was no different than any other recruit.

“One, we are recruiting young men who will thrive in our environment and, two, we are in pursuit of world class teammates for our guys. Both of these couldn’t be more true of Noah.”

Clayberg was a first team all-state quarterback and captain of the Class 3A all-state team in 2015, a first-team defensive back in 2014 and second team defensive back in 2013.

“Most people know him for his accolades on the field, but his character, humility and competitive spirit are off the charts,” Penner said. “Our plans for Noah on the field are to utilize him on the offensive side of the ball in the backfield. Obviously, Noah had a plethora of opportunities, but Dordt College is such a special place and for Noah it just made sense.

“I think Noah’s story is living proof that bigger doesn’t always mean better.”

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