During an offseason of coaching changes in the Iowa program, head man Kirk Ferentz assigned a graduate assistant to be in charge of tight ends. At least one top prospect at the position approved of the move.
"It's kind of a small world because he knows some friends of ours from Des Moines," 2013 West Des Moines Dowling Catholic TE Jon Wisnieski said. "We have those ties, which is kind of cool."
Wisnieski spent time with Raih on a recent visit to Iowa City for a spring practice. He got a look at all the coaching changes, including Greg Davis as the new offensive coordinator.
"It's definitely different but their program is still basically the same," the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Wisnieski said. "A lot of the core guys are still there and have been around for a long time. They've just switched positions a little bit. I'm excited about the new offense. They say they're going to get the ball to the tight ends a little more often."
Scout.com rates Wisnieski as the 23rd-best tight end in the '13 class nationally. He reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Mississippi, Nebraska, Northern Illinois and Purdue. He's also hearing more from Oregon as of late.
"I think one of their coaches is coming out here in May," Wisnieski said. "I'm really excited about that."
"One of the coaches from Ole Miss is going to make his way up here within the next week or so," Wisnieski said. "So far this spring, I've gone to Iowa and Iowa State for spring practices. I'll probably end up going to Nebraska sometime over the next couple of months just for visit at some point. I don't have anything else planned."
The Cyclones also are working hard to secure a commitment from Wisnieski.
"I've been in contact with them just about the same amount as I have with Iowa," he said. "I went up to a spring practice in the afternoon one day about three weeks ago. Some of their coaches are going to come by the school in the next couple of weeks."
At Iowa, Wisnieski continued to strengthen is relationship with Ferentz.
"I talked to him for about a half hour solid with my parents," Wisnieski said. "We didn't talk about anything too serious. We're just getting to know him better. I really like him. He's a nice guy."
Wisnieski said he would like to trim his list to several schools at some point this summer. He said he's pretty open at this time, however.
"I don't know for sure when exactly I want to make a decision," Wisnieski said. "It could be before football starts. It could be after. Honestly, I really don't know.
"I just know that it will come to me when it comes to me and I'm not going to try to rush it. It's going to be a tough decision to make because there are a lot of great schools out there that I can pick from. I'll just really have to weigh my options and kind of go with my gut. But as of right now, I don't really have a solid idea."