Wisnieski Gaining Momentum

2013 Dowling Catholic tight end Jon Wisnieski is seeing his opportunities increase at a rapid pace, adding two offers in the last week. He visited Iowa over the weekend and some other destinations in mind.

Jon Wisnieski watched several Iowa games from inside Kinnick Stadium last fall. He's gotten to know the lay of the land in Iowa City.

Sunday, at the Hawkeyes' junior day, the 2013 Tight End from West Des Moines, Iowa took the next step in his courtship with the program.

"I saw pretty much everything I've seen before, but this is the first time I got a one-on-one with Coach (Kirk) Ferentz," the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Dowling Catholic product said. "It was cool. It was a chance to get to know each other. We didn't talk a lot about football. We talked about our families."

Ferentz relayed to Wisnieski that he was flying to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl after the junior day. His son, Brian, coached tight ends for the New England Patriots in the game.

"I thought that was pretty cool," Wisnieski said. "It was great that he stayed for the junior day and then went there."

Nebraska offered a scholarship to Wisnieski last week and Iowa State came forward with the same thing on Tuesday. Iowa became the first program to offer a ride to him back in December and Purdue followed up the Hawkeyes.

Wisnieski scheduled a visit to Nebraska's junior day on Feb. 18. The Iowa State offer might have changed that plan.

"Iowa State's junior day is on the same day (as Nebraska's)," Wisnieski said. "I might go (to Ames), but I think I'll probably end up going to Nebraska and get out to Iowa State at a different time."

Wisnieski also is planning a trip to Michigan with Dowling teammate and '12 Wolverine signee Amara Darboh this spring. The Big Ten school is picking up its interest in the tight end.

Oklahoma also has invited Wisnieski to Norman for an unofficial visit. He said he would probably see the Sooners in person sometime this spring.

"Right now, more than anything, I'm just trying to get to know the coaching staffs," Wisnieski said. "I also was to see how they use the tight ends and get a feel for the people and how I would fit in."

Wisnieski said he's starting to get mail from Oregon, who came into Iowa and pulled out Cedar Rapids tight end Christian French in the '11 class.

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