Iowa Interested in Samuelson

Dan Samuelson was impressed with his visit to Iowa for last season's game against Michigan. The Indiana native recently received an invite to summer camp from new OL Coach Brian Ferentz. Find out what the Class of 2013 prospect thinks of the Hawkeyes and find out who else is in the race for his services in this update.

When Dan Samuelson was invited to and attended Iowa's game against Michigan last fall, he felt like he sat well with the Hawkeyes. Since that time, the two parties haven't had much contact - until recently.

"I had been trying to get in touch with Coach (Eric) Johnson, who recruits my area," the Class of 2013 Plymouth (IN) High standout said. "I couldn't get ahold of him. Then, they added the new O-line Coach (Brian) Ferentz. He said he would like me to come out to camp this summer.

"I'm interested in Iowa. I had a good time at the game and would like to get to know them better."

Samuelson is not short on suitors. He reports scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Illinois, Bowling Green and Wyoming and said he's been hearing frequently from Michigan State, Penn State, Indiana, Purdue, Boston College and Ball State.

"I'm going to visit Michigan State and Penn State this week," said Samuelson, who is on spring break. "I've been to junior days at Illinois (twice), Penn State and Purdue already. This also will be my second trip to Pittsburgh."

Samuelson combines a nice mix of strength and agility in his game. The offensive lineman is shown on a video benching 225 pounds 17 times. His advanced footwork also intrigues college scouts.

"They see me as a guard or a tackle," the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Samuelson said. "It's either one or the other. I don't think there are any schools that see me as both."

Samuelson said he prides himself in run blocking. He said Plymouth is coming off of a 2011 season when they rushed for 2,400 yards.

"Obviously I'm trying to find a school that has high academic standards," Samuelson said. "I'm not just going somewhere to play football. It has to be a place where I'm going to be comfortable for the next five or six years. I want to find coaches who can make the the best football player and person that I can be."

Samuelson said he's unsure of his college major.

"When I decide on a program, I'll pick a major at that school," he said.

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