Heiar Reflects on Iowa Trip

Iowa native Dan Heiar officially visited the Hawkeyes this weekend. The junior college standout from Iowa Western expects to choose his four-year school on Wednesday. Hawkeye Insider caught up with him to see where he was at in his recruitment.

Dan Heiar has narrowed his list of prospective schools to two - Iowa and Michigan State. The junior college standout has scheduled his signing for Wednesday morning at Iowa Western.

"I'm an Iowa kid and that definitely helps (the Hawkeyes)," the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Offensive Lineman said. "But I really like Michigan State. I like the (Spartans) coaches and they are definitely in the picture."

Few things surprise me in recruiting. If the Northeast High (Goose Lake, Iowa)product chooses Michigan State on Wednesday, I'll be at least mildly shocked.

Heiar officially visited Iowa this weekend. He originally felt he wouldn't use an official in Iowa City because he'd been on several unofficials here and grew up attending Hawkeye games. He thought he'd seen what he needed to see.

"I realized that Iowa was in the Top 2 and I really hadn't met any of the players," Heiar said. "I couldn't see myself going to Utah so I figured I'd go to Iowa to get to know the players and the coaches a little better."

Casey McMillan hosted Heiar. He also spent time with Riley Reiff.

"It was definitely a good visit," Heiar said. "The guys I met have the same personality as me. I feel like I fit in there.

"I already know Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and Coach (Reese) Morgan, but I got to sit down with Coach (Chris) Doyle. That was good."

Heiar took a tour of campus and the facilities but said he didn't see anything new. The Iowa coaches told him he would come in as a tackle.

Iowa brings back its starting tackles - Reiff and Markus Zusevics - next season. Heiar does have three years to play two and could redshirt.

"It's definitely something I've looked at," Heiar said. "The coaches said the best five will play. You have to earn it."

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