Meeker Excited About Transition Inside

Iowa State offensive line commit Bryce Meeker, who will be one of many 2015 commits in Ames this weekend, said he's excited about his transition to the interior

When Bryce Meeker makes his weekend trips to Jack Trice Stadium, he spends some of his time closely watching the interior of Iowa State’s offensive line.

The three-star commit from Cedar Rapids Prairie is currently an offensive tackle, but will make the transition inside when he arrives at Iowa State next summer. Meeker has been told he'll play either center or guard for the Cyclones.

“I’m excited about it,” Meeker told “I’m excited because it’s more inside the trenches, more one-on-one and stuff like that. It’s going to be a lot easier to run-block I feel like. The things I can work on right now to help me with the transition [are] footwork [and] definitely just pass-block, you can always work on pass-block.”

Meeker will have a chance to watch the offensive line at work again Saturday when he arrives in Ames for the third time this season. The 2015 commit will be one of many arriving for Iowa State’s homecoming bout against Toledo.

The Cyclones are expected to for sure have commits Devine Ozigbo, Dominic DeLira, Anthony Nelson, Seth Nerness, Julian Good-Jones and Bobby McMillen in attendance Saturday in addition to other recruits, which all adds up to a big recruiting weekend.

While many of Iowa State’s 11 commits communicate via group text messaging, some haven’t yet met in-person, which this weekend will provide an opportunity for.

“I’m really pumped to meet some of them,” Meeker said. “I have a group conversation with them, so I know who they are, I know of them [and] I talk to them, but it’s definitely going to be nice to put a face to the name.”

Meeker was visited during Iowa State’s recent bye week by coach Paul Rhoads and offensive coordinator Mark Mangino, who watched his game when he traveled to Cedar Rapids. The senior said his focus this season, in addition to becoming a leader, is to continue to improve both his run- and pass-blocking.

He’ll also continue to keep an eye on Iowa State’s interior come Saturday.

“[Coaches] said if center doesn’t work I’ll play guard, so I’ve definitely tried to watch Tom Farniok and how he works and how he does his job,” Meeker said. “I’ve watched some of the guards play, and I feel like they’re quick and I feel like I need to work on my footwork a little bit to be playing at that level and I need to get bigger and stuff like that.”

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