Austin Ebertowski looks outstanding on film. He runs like the wind and is solidly built. His grades are in order.
So, why are BCS schools in his region only looking faintly?
"I have no idea," the 2011 running back said. "Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe it's because of where I'm from or that I don't play for a school that's a traditional power."
The Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln star won the Class 4A 100-meter dash last spring in 10.3 seconds. He ran for 1,908 yards and 36 touchdowns during his school's 9-0 regular season this fall.
"I'm not too down on my recruitment right now," Ebertowski said. "I think it's going really well. With the season ending for schools, they're getting a chance to evaluate me and focus on recruiting."
"They call and ask about how I'm doing," he said. "They don't talk much about scholarships. In fact, Iowa State said they don't have a scholarship for me.
"Iowa must be interested to keep calling, but we'll see what happens."
The schools that have offered Ebertowski see him as a running back. Iowa views him as a safety.
"I also think I might be able to play outside linebacker and blitz off of the edge in some schemes," he said.
Ebertowski ran a 4.4-second, 40-yard dash at an Iowa State camp last summer. He scored a 24 on his ACT and is ready to go academically.
No school stands out to him at this point, Ebertowski said.
"I'd really like to see the campuses first and see all the cards on the table," he said. "I'd like to be able to go in and reasonabley compete for playing time to an extent, but if I'm not on the field right away, that's not that important in my decision.'
Ebertowski said that he's looking beyond the game in his choice.
"It's important that I like the players and the coaches, but football is going to be pretty much the same wherever I go." he said. "There's practice and training and games. I'm really looking for a good experience off the field as well when I pick a college."