Iowa saw what it wanted to see from Keegan Render when the Class of 2014 offensive lineman camped at the school last weekend. The Indianola (Iowa) High product received a scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes on Tuesday.
"It wasn't a big surprise to me," Indianola Coach Eric Kluver said. "It's a little rare with a player coming out of his sophomore year, but I know that they were very interested. They've shown a lot of interest, really over the course of the last year.
"He just had to go prove himself at camp. Apparently he did that. That's great for Keegan and his family."
Iowa is the first school to offer the 6-foot-4, 315-pound in-state talent. He is expected to camp with Iowa State in July.
"It's really been the in-state schools," Kluver said of Render's recruitment. "I can tell you this, Iowa has shown the most interest in him. Obviously, Iowa State has shown interest. Recently, he's had Wisconsin and Notre Dame come through as well as Northern Illinois. I think it's really just starting to pick up for him."
Render plays tackle for Indianola. That likely will change when he gets to college.
"He's an inside guy," Kluver said. "Every Division I school that has come through thought he was an inside guy, a guard or a center. Nobody has expressed interest in him as a tackle."
Kluver said that Render's pass blocking is his biggest strength.
"Coach Morgan had mentioned that," the coach said. "They were impressed with the way he blocked during camp. He's good in pass protection, but he needs a little work there. That's understandable with the style of offense that we run. We run first and pass second."
Render still is a work on progress, Kluver said, but he's starting to put into action a great deal of natural ability.
"Keegan has been blessed with a lot of size," Kluver said "He's got the frame. He's extremely athletic, so he's got good feet. He plays basketball and throws the shot put in track.
"Keegan is a very hard-working young man with a great head on his shoulders. He's very humble. I think if Iowa is able to get him, they'd be getting an outstanding football player."