Where Iowa State was in Bettendorf (Iowa) offensive tackle Mark Kallenberger's recruiting picture previously is uncertain, but the 2017 prospect made it clear following his weekend trip that the Cyclones are indeed in that picture.
Regarded as one of the top in-state offensive linemen in 2017, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Kallenberger is taking visits in the coming weeks to get a better feel. After being recruited by the previous staff without much fanfare, Kallenberger arrived in Ames to meet the new staff for the first time Saturday.
“The coaches there were really great and said many good things,” Kallenberger said of his trip to Ames. “They showed me around the Bergstrom [Football] Complex and everything they have in there.”
Kallenberger also holds offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas State, Colorado State and Eastern Michigan and will visit Iowa on March 6 before heading to Nebraska on March 12 as his recruitment presses along.
“I'm just taking some visits and seeing what schools I really like right now,” Kallenberger said. “I want to go to a place where the coaches will be straight up with me and I want to be able to see myself graduate from that school.”
Iowa State has identified Kallenberger as a 2017 priority and made that known Saturday when he arrived in town with his father and brothers. The Cyclones are attempting to reconstruct the offensive line under the direction of Tom Manning, and Kallenberger is atop that list at the tackle position.
In addition to a tour of the facility and Iowa State campus, Kallenberger also received one-on-one meetings with coaches.
“Both coaches were just fired up that I was there and Coach [Matt] Campbell told me he doesn't care about my film, he knows I'm a good player and better yet a good kid,” Kallenberger said. “Coach Manning took me in and went through about six of my plays from my highlight tape and showed me what he really loves about it. [He] liked how I did things in football games that he's having to teach his O-linemen now. He likes my footwork and ability to move and finish my blocks.”
Kallenberger is in no rush to make a decision as he focuses on building relationships while he feels out the interested schools. For now, he does have a trio sticking out and plans to return to Ames for another look.
“My top schools not in any order are Iowa, Iowa State, and Nebraska,” Kallenberger said. “Coach Campbell wants me to come over for a spring practice and I will be at one.”