Kulick Visiting Iowa

Drake Kulick put together an outstanding career at Muscatine. The in-state linebacker already holds one scholarship offer and is hoping Iowa comes through with one later this month when he visits.

With a Northern Iowa scholarship in hand, Drake Kulick will realize his dream of playing college football. The Muscatine senior is holding off on a Panther commitment, however. He's aiming higher.

"I'm comfortable knowing that I do have a scholarship but I'm not satisfied yet," the 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker said. "I have a goal of getting a scholarship from Iowa. I'm comfortable knowing that I am going to be playing college football somewhere, but I'm excited to see what happens."

Kulick is scheduled to visit Iowa on Jan. 26. He has a preferred walk-on opportunity from the Hawkeyes but hopes they will come through with a scholarship late in the process.

"(Iowa Assistant Reese Morgan) brought up both scenarios," Kulick said. "He said it was going to be kind of a numbers thing. It would come down to (Head) Coach (Kirk) Ferentz. It's his decision.

"Right now, I'm a preferred walk-on and I have a shot at having a scholarship. I'm just waiting to find out."

Kulick said he does not think he will be offered a gray shirt opportunity with the Hawkeyes. He'd likely join Iowa on a scholarship or as a preferred walk-on.

"They did like his film," Muscatine Coach Jake Mueller said. "Coach Morgan seemed pretty excited about it."

The possibility exists that Kulick will be in a position of deciding between UNI's scholarship offer and Iowa's opportunity to walk on.

"I've thought about it," Kulick said. "I've been talking to my dad about it. We haven't made any final decision because we know we don't have to yet.

"I've talked to the UNI coaches and they know the scenario I'm in. If it comes down to that, my dad and I will definitely talk about it. I'll probably talk to Coach Mueller about it also. I'll see what they both think will be my best option and we'll make a decision from there."

Mueller has worked with linebackers at past Hawkeye camps. He believed his senior could help Iowa, which is short on players at the position.

"I have a pretty good idea of how he compares with some of the other kids they've brought in," Mueller said. "He's a very athletic kid for his size. He has a chance to put on some more weight.

"He has what you look for at the linebacker position. He's explosive and has great football instincts. He's probably one of the smartest football players I've ever had."

Kulick feels like his drive to improve coupled with his athletic ability point to him succeeding at the FBS level.

"There are a lot of players that have gone to Iowa and other Division I programs and fizzled out because they don't have what it takes to put in the work to be a better player," he said. "They're riding on talent their whole life. I also feel like I have enough talent to play at Iowa."

Kulick said Morgan told him he likes how he moves in space and sees him as an outside linebacker. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds and is a member of Muscatine's 4x100-meter relay and the shuttle hurdle relay. He also is on the swim team.

Kulick plans to study exercise science in college.

"One of the reasons why I'm interested in that major is that I could possibly get on the Iowa strength and conditioning coaching staff when I'm done playing," he said. "I thought that would be a great opportunity for a future job."

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