When Marshall Koehn showed up for his first day of football practice as a freshman, the thought of playing in college was far from his mind. The mirror didn't lie.
"I was like 106 pounds," said Koehn, who officially visited Iowa over the weekend.
Koehn is being asked by the Iowa coaches to be a preferred walk-on. The Solon (Iowa) High Senior has grown to 6-foot-1, 175 pounds.
"It was pretty fun," Koehn said of his visit. "I like everything about Iowa."
Northern Iowa coaches are scheduled to visit Koehn on Wednesday. He's also receiving attention from Iowa State.
Koehn connected on 13 of 18 field goal attempts this fall, including a long of 48 yards. Forty five of his 80 kickoffs were touchbacks and he averaged 38.0 yards on his punts.
Iowa is telling Koehn he will be invited to the first day of camp with an opportunity to compete for a starting job. Most walk-ons are brought into practice after camp or when school starts.
"If I would happen to win the starting spot for kickoffs or field goals, they said they would put me on scholarship," Koehn said.
Koehn is encouraged by the assent of Mike Meyer on this fall's Hawkeye team. The true freshman from Dubuque is the starting place kicker after beating out scholarship players in Daniel Murray and Trent Mossbrucker.
UNI has not offered a scholarship to Koehn. He said he was told they'd talk about that on Wednesday. He wasn't sure how he'd weigh a scholarship to Cedar Falls against a preferred walk-on invite from Iowa.
"I'd probably think about it, but UNI mostly offers partial scholarships," Koehn said. "That's tough. I guess I'm not sure."
Koehn also is sending out his senior highlight tapes to colleges. He's researching depth charts at kicker for various schools.
"Oklahoma contacted me this year and said they wanted a highlight tape, so I'll send one there," Koehn said.
Koehn is more than a kicker for Solon. He plays cornerback and wide receiver. He also plays baseball and soccer.