If you follow Iowa recruiting, you hear it often. The Hawkeyes' history with developing offensive linemen plays a big role in their pursuit of players at that position.
"Yeah, that's a little important, but to me it's more important to get a good education," Wes Rogers said. "Football is football. I'm interested in Iowa because they're good at football but more because it's a good school academically."
Rogers, who hopes to major in aerospace or mechanical engineering, has secured seven scholarship offers. Iowa has yet to come forward, but he'll be camping at the school this month and the Hawkeyes definitely could pull the trigger at that time.
"I'm really interested in Iowa," the Indianapolis Lawrence Central Product said. "I got out to one of their spring practices. I really like how they practice and their facilities. I (communicate) with Coach (Eric) Johnson quite a bit."
"(Iowa) really did everything really fast in practice," the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Rogers said. "They go at game speed, get after it and hit hard the whole time. I liked that."
"I'm still pretty wide open," Rogers said of his recruitment. "I'm going to a bunch of camps this summer and want to see how that shakes out. The earliest I'll make a decision is at the end of the summer and it will probably be more like after the first or second game."
"I'm real interested in getting out to see how the coaches interact with the players," Rogers said. "It's different than talking to them on the phone."
Rogers plays defensive tackle and end in addition to his duties on the offensive side of the ball. He throws the shot put and discus in track. He plans to wrestle as a senior.
"I was pretty successful at it up to eighth grade, but than the high school coach and I didn't get along," Rogers said. "He wanted me to focus more on wrestling and not football where I wanted to do both. We have a new coach, so I think I'm going to give it a try."