St. Louis De Smet Jesuit center Mitchell Palmer is familiar with the Big Ten territory. His father, John Palmer, played tight end for Iowa from 1987-89. But even with the ties to Iowa, the younger Palmer understands other schools won't give consider him a lock to the Hawkeyes.
Wisconsin is one of those schools, especially since Athletic Director Barry Alvarez was coaching in Iowa City when John Palmer was playing.
"(My dad) says that Coach Alvarez was a great coach and what he did at Iowa, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin proved it," Palmer told Badger Nation. "I absolutely have interest in Wisconsin. It's a lineman's dream school. I grew up going to Big Ten football games.
"If I were able to get an offer from Wisconsin, then that would be a huge accomplishment. It would be cool to play in the same stadiums that my dad played in."
Palmer saw one of those stadiums last year when he took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin. With the new coaching staff now in place, Palmer has already spoken with tight end coach Jeff Genyk.
"I met Coach Genyk at school," Palmer said. "It wasn't much that Coach Genyk said to me, but he just wanted to stop by to introduce himself. He seems like a good guy, so I look to build a relationship with him."
Holding two offers from Central Arkansas and Miami (OH) early in the process, Palmer visited the Redhawks last weekend, visited Vanderbilt, had coaches from Navy and New Mexico visit the school and getting mail from Penn and Yale.
Like many offensive linemen, Palmer has strived to be the leader of his unit while being an aggressor in the trenches.
"I love to get after it and finish blocks," said Palmer. "I love making line calls and taking charge. I also love run blocking and last year we set a school rushing record. It can be a tough job being the leader, but I wouldn't want it any other way."