Sioux Center (Iowa) athlete Ko Kieft has been busy with camps in recent weeks, and the time spent in front of coaches may begin to pay dividends.
Kieft, a 6-foot-3, 225 pound linebacker at Sioux Center, holds offers from Augustana (SD), Northern Iowa, South Dakota and South Dakota State, and has spent the last several weeks camping with Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota and UNI.
“I have offers from South Dakota, Northern Iowa and I just got one from South Dakota State at [Iowa State’s] camp,” Kieft said of his recruitment. “A lot of the Missouri Valley schools, including North Dakota State, have shown a lot of interest in me. Iowa State has a little bit too.”
The Cyclones got an up-close look at Kieft on Saturday.
While Kieft is a middle linebacker in high school, Iowa State sees him more on the outside or even up front at the next level.
“I thought I did pretty good at camp [Saturday],” Kieft said. “My position in high school is linebacker, but I think they’re looking at me more as an outside linebacker, rush linebacker or defensive end. Coach [Wally] Burnham said I was pretty impressive, but no offer or anything.”
For now, Iowa State is still evaluating Kieft, but plans to remain in contact as he heads into his senior season.
“Coach [Brandon] Blaney just said he’s going to stay in contact with me and the defensive ends coach said I could try to get back up to the Friday Night Lights camp, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that,” Kieft said. “I think they really like me and I really like Iowa State, too, so we’ll see what happens.”
The Friday Night Lights camp would be a quick turnaround and is unlikely Kieft said. For now, he’s continuing on with his recruitment and focusing on his senior season and team at Sioux Center.
“I don’t have a timeline for making a decision,” Kieft said. “It’s possible if the right school gave me an offer that I could commit to it right away or it could be possible that I might make a decision in my senior season. We’ll see how it plays out.”