The latest in Kirk Ferentz's terrific pipeline of elite O-linemen, Scherff is a 6-5, 325-pound left tackle with an uncanny knack for excelling in pretty much everything he attempts. According to Hawkeyes staff, Iowa began heavily recruiting Scherff when he was a 280-pound quarterback. He also, despite his enormous size, was a standout pitcher who threw in the mid-80s and had a nasty breaking ball; a basketball player, who averaged a double-double; and a varsity letter-winning tennis player, in addition to being a state champion shot putter. But Scherff isn't just one of those rare athletes who has the dexterity to excel at everything he does -- he also has the freak-wiring in his genes as well.
Chris Doyle, Iowa's strength coach the past 16 seasons, has worked with everyone from Hawkeye first-round linemen Robert Gallery and Bryan Bulaga to three-time All-Pro Marshal Yanda. "In terms of pure explosiveness, (Scherff) is the best we've ever had," Doyle said. "He's in a league of his own." That really is a mouthful, when you consider that Gallery ran in the 4.8s at the combine and vertical jumped 30 inches despite weighing 323 pounds before becoming the second overall pick in 2004.
He can Jerk 400 pounds over his head, vertical jump 31 or 32 inches and run his first 10 yards in 1.58 to 1.60 seconds, according to the coach. (For comparison's sake on the 10-yard split, Auburn star Greg Robinson clocked a 1.68 at the NFL Combine while Taylor Lewan --an old Freaks list guy -- timed his in 1.64, and he ran the fastest 40 among O-linemen in Indy officially at 4.87.)
"He's just super powerful in his hips and lower body," said Doyle, who added that Scherff has packed on 10 more pounds this offseason, now up to 325. "He's extremely gifted genetically, and he's such a great kid to work with because he's as competitive as any kid you'll ever be around and he's extremely positive."
It looks like Scherff has already gotten stronger.
On Wednesday, video surfaced of Scherff hang-cleaning 443 pounds three times.