(Friday, December 22; Sioux Center, Iowa) Noah Clayberg, a student at the University of Iowa, has announced his intention to transfer to Dordt College and join the Defender football program.
Clayberg, a freshman from Pella, Iowa, appeared in 11 games for the Hawkeyes and had five tackles while playing safety and on special teams.
Clayberg enjoyed a highly decorated career at Pella High School (Iowa) where he quarterbacked the Dutch to a pair of state championship teams in 2014 and 2015. He ran for 1,810 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior while passing for 1,695 yards and 21 touchdowns. In 2014 he ran for 1,637 yards and 21 touchdowns and passed for 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns. During those two seasons he totaled 71 tackles with three interceptions. During his career Clayberg ran for 4,718 yards and passed for 3,695 and earned four letters for the Dutch.
“It’s not every day that a small college lands a recruit of this caliber and experience. 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. Most people know him for his accolades on the field, but his character, humility, and competitive spirit are off the charts. 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 a 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,” said Dordt College football coach Joel Penner.
Clayberg was named first team all-state quarterback and captain of the Class 3A all-state team in 2015; first team all-state defensive back in 2014 and second team all-state at defensive back in 2013. He was named the Gatorade Iowa High School Player of the Year in 2015.
Noah is the son of Megan and Brett Clayberg of Pella, Iowa.
Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. The Defender athletic program is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).
U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,500 students.
You can also read about this in the Sioux City Journal.