Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines offensive lineman Solomon Kindley had no idea what to expect on his first trip to Iowa as he flew in for his first official visit Friday, but by the time he departed, it was deemed a success.
“When I was on the plane I saw a bunch of cornfields and everything so I thought, ‘Oh, man, this city is going to be lame and everything,’” Kindley said. “But it really has a lot of excitement, it has a whole bunch of things and everybody is about 'our' and they love the football team. Matter of fact, they love the whole athletic department and everything.”
“The visit was great. I loved the atmosphere. I loved everything about it.”
Kindley is a 6-foot-4, 345-pound offensive tackle in Jacksonville who Iowa State first saw during the spring evaluation period. Iowa State offensive line coach Brandon Blaney showed the staff his film, the Cyclones offered and Blaney has been in contact since, most recently stopping in Florida during the bye week.
Iowa State sees Kindley as a guard at the collegiate level, and a number of schools have shown interest as he reports offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Louisville, Florida, Miami (FL), Missouri, West Virginia, Tennessee and several others.
The Cyclones are now very much in that mix.
“Florida is one of my top schools [and] Iowa State just moved up to one of my top schools too,” Kindley said. “I’m going to schedule [a visit] to Louisville and take a couple others, but I don’t know what ones right now.”
During his Iowa State visit, Kindley spent time with Blaney and the offensive line group, getting a firsthand look at how he’d fit into the system. He heard the same thing from coach Paul Rhoads before leaving Sunday.
“He was just telling me that I could really fit into the scheme and everything, I could really help the team grow,” Kindley said of his conversation with Rhoads. “He was telling me about the education part of it, not just in college but what you can do out of college when you leave Iowa State and stuff like that.”
Kindley plans to schedule the Louisville official visit soon, but currently doesn’t have a timeline for a decision.
“I really haven’t thought it,” Kindley said. “I’m just going to let time go and when I get that feeling like I want to go there, then I’m going to go ahead and commit.”