Mends Talks Iowa Offer

Aaron Mends arrived in Iowa City on Sunday without a scholarship offer. The KC linebacker left town with one in hand after a strong performance at the Hawkeyes camp. He talked about the opportunity and how close he is to accepting it in this premium story.

There's nothing like your first. At least that's what Aaron Mends believes.

The Kansas City athlete camped at Iowa on Sunday. The Hawkeyes offered him a scholarship, his first.

"I feel like they were the first ones that accepted me," Mends said. "I really respected them for that. A lot of schools, I don't what they're waiting for. They're waiting for something more. Maybe they were holding out until someone else offered me.

"I respect Iowa for being the first one to offer me and seeing the talent that I have. They believed in me that I can get the job done."

The 6-foot, 200-pound Mends stands out at running back and linebacker at Winnetonka High. Iowa views him as an inside linebacker.

Hawkeye Assistant LeVar Woods visited Mends last month. He also has been in contact with wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy.

The Iowa staff looked on Sunday as Mends ran the 40-yard dash (4.59 seconds), worked on pass rushing and performed in one-one-ones.

"We also played a game called razzle-dazzle," Mends said. "It's a drill that shows your athleticism."

Mends really wasn't thinking about a scholarship offer when running through drills.

"The camp was going good and all," he said. "I was talking to Coach LeVar and Coach Kennedy about it. It was definitely a shock, I have to say. I knew they were interested in me but I didn't think they were going to offer me when they did."

The Iowa staff told Mends why it felt it was time to pull the trigger on an offer.

"I think it was my aggressiveness," Mends said. "They said the saw my film and they really loved me on film. They said that me coming to camp supplemented what they already saw on film."

The Hawkeye opportunity still was sinking in for Mends as he drove home from Iowa on Sunday. It significantly impacted his recruitment.

"I'm definitely considering committing," Mends said. "They had a lot of things to show me and I liked 100 percent of it."

Mends has camps scheduled at Kansas State, Nebraska and Iowa State. He's also looking at stops at Michigan, Michigan State and Oklahoma.

"I may finish going to the camps that I have and then talk it over with my coaches and my family," Mends said. "Then, I'll sit down and make my decision. But It's all a money and time thing," Mends said. "If I have the money and time then I can do it. If not, I'm not going to look around forever."

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