Injuries to some high school seniors can be a double-edged sword. They likely hurt their current team and possibly can slow down their recruitment.
That double whammy hit Wes Burnside this season. His Laporte City (IA) Union High team dropped a couple of games when he was sidelined with a hamstring injury. College programs have appeared to take a stronger wait-and-see approach than they already had been employing.
"I'm kind of just waiting and seeing what happens," the 5-foot-9, 190-pound, Class of 2012 running back said. "Hopefully something happens."
Burnside ranks as one of the better senior ball carriers in the state. He said he is no longer hearing from Minnesota, who had invited him to Minneapolis to see a game earlier this season.
"UNI and South Dakota State call me a lot," Burnside said. "A lot of DII schools call me all the time."
"It was pretty awesome," he said. "I had a really good time. I got there a little late because I had some other stuff I had to go do. Right when I got there, we pretty much went right down on the field and then to our seats."
Burnside said he did not have an opportunity to talk to any of the Iowa coaches on the most recent trip.
"I'm still getting hand-written letters (from the Hawkeyes)," he said. "Any time I come into contact with them, I get one. They're pretty frequent.
"In the last one, Coach (Reese) Morgan said he saw me on the news. He said he was looking forward to seeing me again soon."
Burnside appears to be one of those in-state kids the Iowa coaches are viewing as a late scholarship offer or preferred walk-on.
"I know I have to send (the Hawkeyes) a highlight film," Burnside said. "I feel like I have a good relationship with their coaches. Other than that, I don't know."
Burnside is unsure if he would take a walk-on opportunity at a BCS school ahead of a scholarship chance at a lower level.
"I mean, I would consider it," he said. "I would rather have a scholarship because my family isn't real well off. We could use it."