Meeker Remains Patient

Cedar Rapids Prairie lineman Bryce Meeker enjoyed a busy summer on the camp circuit impressing the scouts. Meeker stopped at Iowa again on Sunday to check out the Hawkeyes before starting his junior season on Monday. He talked about his recruitment and upcoming campaign in this premium story.

Bryce Meeker shows a good amount of maturity for a 16 year old. The Cedar Rapids Prairie lineman also exhibits a high level of patience that should serve him well in life.

The 6-foot-6-285-pound Meeker has watched Iowa offer scholarships to three in-state lineman in his 2015 Class. He had hoped to be the first player on the list but isn't discouraged.

"I think that if I keep working hard that there should be a spot open for me at some time this year," Meeker said. "I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. I'm just going to work as hard as I can and see what comes.

"I don't really want to get upset about it because I can't force anything. What happens is what happens. I hope in the end that I get the best offers and out of those I find a place I really fit into."

Meeker already has options. Northern Iowa and Illinois State have scholarships out to him. Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Wisconsin and others are in contact.

Meeker was pleased with his performance on the summer camp circuit.

"I definitely did what I wanted," he said. "I went to the three-day Nebraska camp and really showed well there. I really enjoyed it. I feel like I impressed the coaches.

"At the Iowa State camps, I did alright. I feel like I could have done a little bit better but I feel like I did what I needed to do. At the Iowa camps, I feel like I did pretty well. I hope they all think the same thing."

Meeker visited Iowa on Sunday as part of an invitation event for recruits.

"I liked watching the practice," he said. "That was really cool how they went and got after it. I wish there was a little bit more time one-on-one with the coaches to speak with them."

Kirk Ferentz, Brian Ferentz and Reese Morgan did talk with Meeker.

"They just said thanks for coming and hoped that I enjoyed the time there," Meeker said. "They said they hoped to see me again soon."

Iowa offered a scholarship to Inwood West Lyon lineman Jake Newborg on Sunday during his visit. The Hawkeyes perviously extended opportunities to Moville Woodbury Central twins Landan and Levi Paulsen.

The desire to land a high-major offer helps motivate Meeker. He believes he's headed in the right direction in making it happen.

"I just want to be the best player for my team," Meeker said. "Every game I want to make a highlight film. I want to get after it during practice.

"I feel like this summer I have really improved on my run blocking. I really want to show that this year. I feel like my footwork has gotten a lot better and my hand placement on the defender while run blocking has gotten a lot better, too."

Meeker could see more time on the defensive line this season. He has some experience there during his first two years on the varsity.

"I like D-tackle and I like D-End," Meeker said. "So, if they put me there, I'm more than happy to play defense."

Meeker plans to visit Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska for games this fall. Right now, he's focused on his Prairie team.

"I think we look really good," Meeker said. "The players that we did lose, we'll replace. I think we'll do just as well as we did last year if not better."

The Prairie Hawks finished 8-4 in 2012, winning five games in a row before falling in the third round of the playoffs.


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