On a visit to Minnesota the first weekend of April, Sioux Falls (SD) Roosevelt junior offensive tackle Grant Schmidt thought about committing to the Gophers. Ultimately, he decided to wait until he at least checked out Iowa State for a second time.
After taking in the Cyclones' Spring Game on April 12, he's glad he did.
"It was really nice," said the 6-foot-7, 290-pound three-star who picked up an ISU offer at the March 8 Junior Day. "Really pretty campus.
"Iowa State and Minnesota are both kind of leading the way. Closer schools, high level of competition. I like both places a lot, great coaching staffs."
Schmidt took in Iowa State's Spring Game and mingled with a few of the Cyclones' 2014 signees, then chatted with line coach Brandon Blaney afterward.
"It was a cool time," he said. "Kind of a game day atmosphere, but all ISU. Got to see the first string, second string and third string, which was cool because it's like seeing the same player, but they're in different stages of their development."
As for his impressions of Blaney, who spent the last three years with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars as defensive quality control coach and defensive assistant coach?
"It's cool he coached pro ball before he started coaching at Iowa State," Schmidt said. "He brings a professional mentality and expects the same from his players. He treats them like adults."
With two leaders, along with offers from Cincinnati, North Carolina, Rutgers, Utah, Washington State and South Dakota State, Schimdt expects the next few months to be key.
"I'll take a couple more visits and see what my heart tells me," Schmidt said. "I'm gonna see how this evaluation period goes."
The Cyclones have targeted Schimdt's quarterback, the dual-threat Taryn Christion, also in the 2015 class.