Taylor Schrage Update

In a premium service free-view, Cyclone Nation talked to Aplington-Parkersburg senior Taylor Schrage. When Iowa State and Iowa square off this weekend in Iowa City, Schrage will be watching with particular interest.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, who will attend the game in Iowa City, currently has scholarship offers from both in-state schools as well as Kansas State.

Schrage can already sense the excitement surrounding the game.

"I'm going on a recruiting visit to Iowa for the game, where they get you tickets and everything," he said. "It's going to be a big game. I think it's going to be a big recruiting weekend for both schools to show the bragging rights in the state. The atmosphere is just going to be hopping. It's going to be awesome there. Whoever shows up for the game is going to win."

On the surface it would seem that the victor of Saturday's game would claim the upper hand in his recruiting. Schrage has mixed feelings about that notion.

"It has a lot to do with where guys want to go, but I don't know how much of an impact it will have on what I'm looking at right now," he said. "It kind of does, but a lot more it doesn't. Obviously this year is not going to have any affect on what kind of season I'm going to have. You've got to look at the future years of what they have and what they're going to do. A lot of people playing are probably going to be gone when I'm up there, so you can't really judge how it is now."

Going into the weekend, Schrage says that all three programs that have offered him are on an even plain.

ISU and Iowa each seem to have something going for it. Schrage's brother Landon is a reserve defensive lineman for the Cyclones. But the two brothers also grew up watching the likes of Jared DeVries and Casey Wiegmann play in Iowa City before moving onto the NFL.

K-State is also an intriguing, given the influence of former ISU and Iowa assistant Bob Elliott and long-time Hawk assistant Bret Bielema, the co-defensive coordinators in Manhattan.

"Those three are still about the same," Schrage said. "I'm kind of looking at all of them kind of the same right now. I don't want to give out too much, since I want to take my official visits and take a look at all of them."

Aplington-Parkersburg, behind a solid two-way effort from Schrage, opened the 2002 season with a 21-14 upset victory over Dike-New Hartford, the alma mater of current Cyclone wide receiver Lane Danielsen.

Schrage rushed for 141 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns to go along with seven tackles on defense. A-P faces off against Eldora-New Providence this Friday.

In leading A-P to a 12-1 record and Class 1-A state championship last season, Schrage, a first-team all-stater, recorded 73 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions as well as a pair of defensive touchdowns. As a running back, he cleared the 1,700-yard plateau on 253 carries and scored 28 touchdowns overall.

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