Mequon Homestead (Wisc.) offensive lineman Josh Mueller has had Iowa State interest and an offer for some time, but he finally received word Tuesday night that both still exist following the recent coaching shuffle.
The 6-foot-6 lineman, who only moved to the offensive line his senior season, was contacted my Iowa State offensive line coach Tom Manning on Tuesday and was told his offer still stands. Wednesday, Manning and running backs coach Louis Ayeni stopped in Wisconsin for an in-home visit.
“It was great,” Mueller said. “They seemed to be honest with everything they were saying and I'm going there for an official visit next weekend. I really liked Coach Manning and Coach Lou. They told me I was the first one they watched and they knew right from there that they wanted me. I can't wait to get out and meet the rest of the coaches next weekend.”
Mueller, who holds offers from Illinois, Northern Illinois, Wyoming and others in addition to Iowa State, had planned to make his decision by Monday or Tuesday following an official visit this weekend to Wyoming. He had planned to decide between Northern Illinois, Iowa State and Wyoming.
“[The Iowa State official] will push it back a week,” Mueller said.
Mueller visited Iowa State in late June for its Golden Ticket Day, which was an unofficial trip. The Cyclones are currently faring well.
“Iowa State is probably my top [choice] right now,” Mueller said. “I love the academic help center that they have set up there. I also really like the facilities and I also like the campus.”
Mueller hadn't played on the offensive line since middle school before moving there from the defensive line for his senior season after schools began projecting him there at the next level. Iowa State likely sees Mueller at offensive tackle.
“They said they love my athleticism and my size,” Mueller said of the new Iowa State staff. “I believe my transition has gone great. One of my strengths is that I pick up on the footwork pretty quickly and a weakness is probably that I haven't played the position very much, so I still have a lot to learn.”