Judging by the play of Manson-Northwest Webster's Landon Streit and Hartley native Kody Kuehl Thursday and Friday, ISU's number of scholarship offers to in-state linemen could grow by two when the second camp concludes Saturday morning.
Streit's name is a familiar one for Cyclone fans that have followed his progress. He led his team to a 6-4 record and first playoff berth in nine seasons last fall.
This summer, Streit is in search of a scholarship from a primary list of three Division I programs – ISU, Iowa and Kansas State. He's made trips to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a NIKE camp and will travel to Iowa City for the Hawkeyes' camp next week.
"I'm looking for an offer and we'll see what happens," said Streit. "I like all three programs right now. It's going to come down to the coaches, once I finally decide what my academic major could be, along with the city and people." Once scholarship offers come his way, Streit could become an early commitment.
"I'm going to ride it out and see what happens when the offers come in," he said. "If they come in right away, I may make a decision. If they're still kind of thinking about it, then I might hold off a while."
The Manson-Northwest Webster offensive lineman stayed away from summer camps in past years, but is realizing the benefit of them now.
"I'd say it's a pretty good experience overall," he said of his trip to Ames. "Early in the morning, the first day of pads, my ankle was a little tender and I've had to work through it. But I've gotten better and that's what I was looking for. I still need to work on staying low and getting off the ball, and being more exposed to pass protection."
"Recruiting-wise, it's good because I can test myself against some of these other guys that already have their offers. I'm seeing how I stack up against them. There is a lot of good talent here on the offensive line. They're going to be good football players."
Streit has played right tackle in high school, but also has some experience at guard.
Another O-lineman to make an impression is Brett Bergman, who once weighed 360 pounds before shaving that to 340 in time for padded camp. Coaches will likely take a wait and see approach with Bergman, since he'll need to shave some pounds off between now and the start of his college career.
A few more Nebraskans are garnering consideration as well, including Bennington's Andrew Christensen and Omaha Skutt's Jeff Finochiaro. Both have big frames and figure to open as tackles at the next level.
News and Notes
As reported on CN's ‘State of the Nation' message board earlier Friday, Grandview (Mo.) defensive back Brandon Hunley committed to Coach McCarney via phone just two days after returning home from the Cyclones' first padded camp. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Hunley could play either cornerback or safety in Ames, and made numerous plays during his time in Ames.
Hunley's brother Ricky is a senior captain for Drake University and, oddly enough, was recruited to the Bulldogs by ex-assistant and current ISU secondary coach Chris Ash.
"I'm having a lot of fun," said Hunley in an interview with CN earlier in the week. "It's a good camp. It's basically like it was last year. I learned a lot and loved it. Every drill that we go through, the coaches break everything down and make sure everyone's going hard."
West Des Moines Valley tailback Jason Scales, a national top 100 player by TheInsiders, sat out Friday's morning and afternoon sessions after tweaking a knee yesterday. The setback isn't serious, however, and his absence from camp is more of a precaution.
Scales' main competition Thursday came from Los Angeles area tailback Ryan Kelley, who has offers from at least two PAC 10 programs. The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder has yet to receive an offer from the Cyclones, however, and may need to prove himself to coaches early in his senior season.
Dallas (Texas) Bryan Adams defensive end Chris O'Konafua looks the part of a D-I ballplayer at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, but has yet to impress in his two days at camp. Expect the Texan to return home without an offer.
Quarterback Warren Suess is proving to be the best player at his position this week. In fact, Suess has distanced himself from the next top performer, Eddyville-Blakesburg's Tyler Lorenzen. However, both Suess and Lorenzen have yet to receive offers from ISU.