Iowa State defensive ends coach Stan Eggen had one call remaining recently and had only two days to use it when he picked up the phone and called Rio Rancho (New Mexico) offensive tackle Grant Hermanns.
“We were coming down and got a call from Coach Eggen. It was his last phone call he could make. So he made the phone call and he was just checking in,” Hermanns said. “We were actually driving on our way back to New Mexico from Maryland and we said, ‘We’re pretty close to Iowa, we might as well make a trip over there.’ So we did and it was a good visit.”
When Hermanns’ visit was complete, he sat in coach Paul Rhoads’ office and little time was wasted to get to the main point.
“He cut down to the chase and said, ‘We’d like to offer you a scholarship because we’re looking for guys who are not only good football players but who are good people,’” Hermanns said. “He really saw that in me as a high character guy. He said it’d be great to have me come play for Iowa State.”
Iowa State’s offer joined Kansas, Texas Tech, Washington State, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Arizona and San Diego State. In continuing his trip back home to New Mexico after the stop, Hermanns also visited Kansas.
Hermanns has also garnered recent interest from Oregon, Oklahoma and Florida. Oregon is interested in the tackle visiting its camp before deciding if it’s interested in offering while Oklahoma has stopped by with assistant Mike Stoops.
There are currently no set plans for summer camps or faraway visits.
“Right now I’m just trying to take everything into account,” Hermanns said. “You’re going to be there for five years. I’m looking at engineering programs, looking at the weather, I’m looking at the coaches. I want to make my decision about the first week of August before two-a-days and before my senior season really starts picking up. I want to make my decision and commitment and just get it out of the way so I can focus on defending our state championship.”
Iowa State’s engineering program stood out to Hermanns during his visit Monday as have the fans.
“Of course they have a beautiful campus,” Hermanns said of Iowa State. “I got to see the engineering program, [it’s] a giant engineering program. The biggest thing for me that stood out is their fan base honestly. All the support they get from fans coming to games, they pack the games every game no matter whether they’re winning or losing. Just their fan support is crazy. When I got my offer I had a bunch of Iowa State fans follow me on Twitter.”