Mequon Homestead (Wisc.) offensive lineman Josh Mueller had been leaning toward Iowa State in recent weeks, and a weekend visit helped seal the deal.
The 6-foot-6 offensive tackle, who was a target of the previous staff, had Iowa State coaches visit twice in recent weeks since his offer was reaffirmed. He ultimately gave his pledge to the Cyclones on Sunday over offers from the likes of Illinois, Northern Illinois and Wyoming among others.
“I knew it would be the best for me when I came here and the coaching staff was amazing,” Mueller said Sunday. “I really felt like I fit in and it was the best choice for me. Before the coaching staff was let go, the first coaching staff, I was planning on committing but it was kind of the coaching staff that was holding me back a little bit. Once this new coaching staff came in I just knew it was the place that I wanted to go.”
Iowa State made a push for Mueller, stopping in during its first week with offensive line coach Tom Manning and running backs coach Louis Ayeni. Director of High School relations Mitchell Moore stopped in last week.
Those trips and his visit made Mueller feel comfortable.
“They just are determined to improve the program and I really like Coach Manning’s coaching style and how he’ll work with the players,” Mueller said of what led to his commitment. “He knows every player is different and he will work with their strengths and weaknesses. I think he’ll be a great fit for me.”
Mueller had been a defensive lineman until his senior season after several schools began projecting him on the offensive side at the Division I level. He spent his senior season as an offensive tackle and will continue the transition under the tutelage of Manning.
“They said they just want to get me bigger, probably 30 pounds bigger, and then just work from there with technique and everything,” Muller said.
Mueller will work with former Minnesota State and Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Adrian Battle in the coming months on one-on-one drills to improve his game before he arrives in Ames next summer.
For now, Mueller is just happy to have a home.
“They were all very excited,” Mueller said. “All the coaches cheered when they found out and I was just really excited to get it over with and now I can just focus on school and don’t have to be talking to a bunch of different coaches now.”