CU Leads for Florida Offensive Lineman

Colorado could take anywhere from five to seven offensive lineman this fall and the staff is going across the nation to fit this major need. The Buff coaches were the first to offer Guard/Center prospect Mike Iltis from Riverview, Florida, and since another Big 12 school has followed suit. The Southwest Floridian gives us his thoughts on Colorado.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 288
40 time: 5.01
Bench: 340
Squat: 510
Clean: 300
From: Riverview, Florida
High School: Riverview

Mike Iltis is a talented two-way lineman who projects as an offensive player in college. He brings a lot of athleticism to the position and was one of the most impressive linemen at the All-American Combine in South Florida on May 13. As a junior, he graded out better than 80 percent and averaged seven pancake blocks a game. "I am quick off the ball," says Iltis. "I am aggressive and always ready to go. I can stay low and think on my feet. I always go full speed and at 100 percent."

He plays guard and tackle at Riverview, but is beign recruited as a guard or center. "It doesn't matter to me where I play. I would prefer guard but wouldn't mind learning the center position."

The Sunshine State product received his first offer, from Colorado, in mid-May. "I got that one in the mail and then about two weeks later Missouri offered me," he explained. "Those are my only two right now, but there are some other schools that are real interested. I recently went to Tennessee's camp and they loved me. They asked for tape from my spring game. I am hearing a lot from Florida. Soon I will be going to camps at Florida and South Florida. I also might visit West Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina State, and Vanderbilt."

The Buffs hold a slight lead for Iltis over Big 12 North foe, Missouri. "Those are my top two since they are the ones that are the most interested right now. Of the two, I'd say Colorado is in the lead. I have gone skiing there the past two years. I love the winters there and the summers are beautiful. Coach (Greg) Brown is recruiting me and I also hear a lot from Coach Hawkins and Coach (Chris) Strausser. Coach Brown text messages me every couple days and I also get letters here-and-there from Coach Hawkins. I call them pretty often because I don't want to lose contact. Colorado is a beautiful place and fits me perfectly.

"The coaches there are all new and they tell me they need strong, tough lineman. They need guys with a lot of strength to help the program get back to where they need to be and where they used to be."

Iltis says he and his parents are trying to find a good time this summer to make a trip to Boulder. Although he is leaning towards the Buffs, a decision will not come until well into the season. "I will probably decide in the middle of the season or at the end of it. I want to take a couple visits first."

He carries a 3.5 core GPA and scored a 1030 on the SAT. Iltis would like to major in Business Administration.

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