Iowa Solid with Lohn

After losing three defensive linemen in April's NFL draft, Iowa is looking to restock the position in its 2012 recruiting class. One of the main targets is KC's Nathanael Lohn. The end visited the Hawkeyes last month and has them among his leaders.

Perhaps Nathanael Lohn came along at just the right time. The old style TVs might not have accommodated his large body.

Oh, the Class of 2012 would have fit nicely into the picture on the football field. It's always been a made for TV game.

No, the problem might have occurred when he was standing in front of a weather map on your local news. Lohn is leaning towards a meteorology major in college.

Plenty of programs hope Lohn chooses their school to study barometric pressure. He holds 15 scholarship offers, including Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Stanford and Vanderbilt.

The Kansas City prospect visited the Hawkeyes last month and came away impressed.

" Iowa is a top consideration," the 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive end said. "I also like Stanford, Michigan State, and Tulsa. But that does not necessarily mean I will not go to another school."

Eric Johnson is leading the Hawkeyes' recruitment of the Scout.com, three-star prospect. The service rates Lohn as the No. 64 DE nationally in his class.

"I like the fact that (the Iowa coaches) are all extremely qualified and they are men of character," Lohn said.

The Staley High product said that distance from home will not factor into his decision. It will come down to where he feels most comfortable.

"I would like to (make his decision) before the (high school football) season, but only if I am sure of where I want to be," Lohn said.

The Iowa coaches like what Lohn brings to the game and feel he fits into what they expect from his position.

"Besides strength and quickness, they have told me that they know what kind of guys have made the Iowa Defensive Line so great and that I am one of them," Lohn said.

The impressive Lohn prides himself on his strength and desire.

"I think my overall intensity is pretty high and I go hard on every play in every game and most of all in practice," he said. "I need to improve on my hand-fighting ability among many other things that I am working on."

Lohn said he enjoyed his visit to Iowa and it might not be his last trip to Iowa City.

"It was wonderful," he said. "I hope to be back there before long."


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