Keegan Render always has loved football. This past offseason, the physical offensive lineman began taking the sport a lot more seriously.
As a sophomore, the Class of 2014 prospect succeeded with his sheer size. Render realized that he would benefit from more agility and stamina. He lost 30 pounds.
"I just cut back on the snacks," the Indianola (Iowa) High product said. "Usually every other morning I just come in and run and work out."
Iowa offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder in June. He attended his first Hawkeye game Saturday when the home team played host to rival Iowa State.
"I thought it was cool," Render said. "Kinnick (Stadium) has a really good atmosphere; great fans. They were a lot closer to the field than every other stadium I've been to.
"I thought it was fun. Iowa's offense struggled at times but at times they looked OK."
Render, who projects as a guard or center in college, didn't get a chance to speak with the Iowa coaches on Saturday. The Hawkeye staff has told him why they offered a scholarship.
"They like how I'm a physical player and run blocker first just like their offense usually is," Render said. "They like my footwork. They like my speed, too."
"I plan on going to a Notre Dame game," Render said of other fall visits. "Other than that, I really haven't thought about it yet."
Render saw at Iowa what he's looking for in a school.
"I like to see kids walking around with a lot of school spirit," he said. "They're excited about football season. I want there to be nice scenery. I'm not looking for a huge city with no green around."
Render wants to take his time with the recruiting process so he can make an educated choice.
"I plan on sitting back and letting it all play out," he said. "I want to make my decision pretty far into my senior year."