Meeker A Mountain

Bryce Meeker started at offensive tackle in his first season of high school. With his sophomore year heading towards a conclusion, the Cedar Rapids Prairie big man has got the attention of college recruiters.

An in-state showdown could be underway for Cedar Rapids Prairie Offensive Lineman Bryce Meeker. That battle could extend beyond the Iowa boarders as time passes.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound sophomore is a two-year starter at right tackle for the Prairie Hawks. Meeker is one of the state's top prospects in the 2015 Class and he's firmly on the recruiting radar.

"I've gotten a lot of questionnaires from a lot of colleges," Meeker said. "Some colleges have shown more interest in me, like Iowa State and Iowa. But a lot of colleges have shown interest in me."

Meeker visited Iowa for a football game in the fall and came back for a basketball game this winter. He was scheduled to be in Ames on Monday for the Cyclones basketball game against Kansas. He hasn't visited Iowa State before.

"I really like the in-state schools," Meeker said. "I like Iowa and Iowa State a lot."

Meeker is agile for a big man. He plays basketball for Prairie and also for the Iowa Barnstormers AAU program.

"It has a lot to do with technique, footwork in the post," Meeker said. "I feel like quick feet help me in the post as well as on the offensive line. I feel like I'm pretty fast and I have pretty good feet, which is good for the pass game. I have pretty good power for the run game, too."

With almost two and a half years to go before high school graduation, there's plenty of time and room for Meeker to grow.

"I'm definitely trying to get bigger, muscle wise," he said. "I'm trying to get stronger so I improve in the run game. I'm trying to become more powerful off the line. Instead of kicking back in the pass game, I'd like to be more powerful in the run game."

Meeker said Big Ten schools have shown him the most interest to this point. He had to cancel an invite to a Nebraska game last fall but hoped to make it to Lincoln this coming season.

"I'm open to anything," Meeker said of his recruitment. "I want to go see colleges. I want to see what's the best for me. If they're willing to give me a scholarship, I'm open to see anything."

The in-state schools are building a relationship with Meeker.

"I've talked to most of the (Iowa) coaches," he said. "I've talked to the head coach (Kirk Ferentz) and Coach (Reese) Morgan. They've just told me that if I keep working hard they're going to keep recruiting me and hopefully there could be a scholarship open."

Meeker is excited to get his first look at Iowa State on Monday.

"I've talked to Coach (Courtney) Messingham a lot and he's really interested," Meeker said. "He really wants me to come to campus. I'm guessing, hopefully, there's a scholarship open."

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