Aaron Brant Update

Dubuque Wahlert offensive lineman Aaron Brant can't wait to watch Saturday's game between Iowa State and Iowa for a number of reasons.

The state's number one rated prep won't be in attendance in Iowa City, but will instead go to a family friend's house in Dubuque for a tailgate party and to watch the game on a big-screen TV.

While this weekend figures to be a relatively low-key one for Brant, it likely won't be that way over the next four or five years. One of 10 commitments for the Class of 2003, Brant headlines a group of nine in-state preps that will become Cyclones.

Attending school in eastern Iowa, Brant is right smack in the middle of Hawkeye land. But he has been able to put all of the undue pressure and hype aside to focus on his future in Ames.

"There is a lot of Hawkeye stuff around here," he said. "That's the team going around this area. But as far as I'm concerned, it really doesn't matter much to me that they're all Hawk fans. I can't do much about it and it doesn't bother me much at all.

"I don't get calls from other schools. With mail and everything, I let everything fall through except for the Iowa State stuff."

The 6-foot-7, 285 pounder is impressed with the start his future school is off to and wants to get to Ames as soon as possible.

"They had a great start and it's making me anxious to be a part of the program," he said. "It's amazing how well they're doing and how they're able to accomplish what they are. They're making a real big name for themselves right now and I want to be a part of that."

Brant is the consensus number one senior in the state of Iowa this year and has drawn a lot of praise from various recruiting experts. Prep Football Report's Tom Lemming is one of them.

"I have Aaron Brant as the top player in the state," he said. "I like him a lot. I was just up near Dubuque a couple of weeks ago and he was very well known. Athletic-wise and size-wise, he's probably the best player in the state and a great early catch for Iowa State. I gave him four stars. He could be an All-American in college and is a major talent. Brant is very versatile and could probably play any position on the offensive line."

Lemming even draws comparisons between Brant and the top Iowa prep from a few years ago, Atlantic's Blake Larson, now a redshirt freshman at Iowa.

"I think Brant is just about as talented as Larson was coming out of high school," Lemming said. "I would compare the two, athletic-wise, because Blake was an outstanding athlete for a 300-plus pound kid, and so is Brant."

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