Interest in 2016 offensive tackle Sam Schlueter began picking up following his junior season, but the interest has begun to take the next step in recent days.
Schlueter, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive lineman from Mayer Lutheran (Minn.), has picked up offers from both Wisconsin and Iowa State in the last week, adding to a list that already included Northwestern and Minnesota.
“I’ve gotten a few letters from [Iowa State] and stuff and I talked to them in the fall a couple times and that was about it,” Schlueter told AllCyclones.com. “Then I got a message Friday night and they told me they had some good news for me and just to give them a call and they gave me an offer.”
With his basketball season over, Schlueter plans to start lining up more visits to various schools for spring practices. He won’t be at Iowa State for its Junior Day on March 7, but said he is hoping to visit Ames later in the spring.
Talks with the Cyclones have so far reached the meet-and-greet stage.
“They just want me to look into the school more and then just keep on building my relationship with them,” Schlueter said. “I haven’t been to town [before], but I’ve driven through it a couple of times. I know a little about Iowa State. Some kids that I know have gone there before and their friends are big Iowa State fans and stuff.”
Schlueter is still deciding on a timeline for his recruitment and said he is pondering whether to decide in the summer to have it complete before his senior season or wait until his senior year has started.
Until then, interest will continue to pick up as the offensive tackle makes his way around on visit to prospective schools.
“I just want to find a great place with a great program that I feel comfortable at and where my parents know it’s the right place for me, too,” Schlueter said. “I just kind of want to find a place, like a lot of coaches tell me, if I get a career-ending injury the first day of practice, am I going to want to spend my next four or five years there?”