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He was one of the most sought after football players in this area in quite some time. As a tight end and defensive end, Giltner's Drew Ott led the Hornets to a perfect regular season.
Even before that happened, he decided when he goes to college he'll be an Iowa Hawkeye.
One of the recent great recruiting battles in Nebraska came right here at the home of the Giltner Hornets. Drew Ott of the Hornets has been a sought after guy.
Coach Bill Snyder of the Kansas State Wildcats wanted Drew to come play for him in the Little Apple of Manhattan.
Ohio coach Frank Solich wanted Drew to come east to Athens
But it was Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes who landed the Nebraska Gatorade football player of the year.
"Shows that hard work really pays off and it doesn't matter if you play 11 man or eight man, just comes down to what you do on the field.
I'm the first eight man player to ever get it so I guess that's a pretty big honor and there's been a lot of great eight man players," said Ott.
Before enrolling at the University of Iowa next year, Drew Ott has a basketball season to play under the direction of his coach and cousin, the other Drew, Matt Drew. Together the Drews will try to bring Giltner the 2nd of back to back state titles.
"I think this year he's a little bit more agressie on the offensive end, kind of creating his own offense and not just relying on his frame to get rebounds," said Giltner Basketball Coach Matt Drew.
Drew will trade his basketball sneakers for football cleats as a Big 10 defensive end for the Hawkeyes. He can't wait to prove he's a player that will earn the division one scholarship he is awarded to take advantage of the opportunity presented to him.
"It was a busy summer going to a bunch of camps and just a lot of talking with a lot of family, but it wasn't too hectic, I got it over with," said Ott.
"He's a smart enough kid, he knows how to manage his time, so I think he'll be very successful, I hope the Huskers regret not offering him a scholarship,: Drew said.
We'll get to see Drew play football for Iowa soon enough. We won't have to wait long to see hime play more basketball. He and the Hornets take their 3-0 record into Friday night's game in Giltner when the Hornets plan to put the sting on the Meridian Mustangs.
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