Schmidt Takes in Iowa

Grant Schmidt has more than a year left before he signs his national letter of intent. That doesn't mean the South Dakota OT is waiting around for things to unfold. He's busy visiting colleges this fall and stopped to see Iowa on Saturday.

Grant Schmidt grew up in South Dakota watching Iowa football. One of his state's native sons was making good with the Hawkeyes.

"I really like Iowa," Schmidt said. "Riley Reiff is from South Dakota and went to Iowa and is now starting in the NFL. That is super cool."

Schmidt is hoping to follow in Reiff's footsteps as a small-state success story starring in major college football. It might even take the Class of 2015 prospect to Iowa.

The Hawkeyes played host to Schmidt last Saturday for their game with Wisconsin. He came away from the experience impressed.

"I loved the visit," Schmidt said. "It was a close game and the fans seemed to be really into it."

The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Schmidt spoke with several Hawkeye coaches, including Brian Ferentz, who mentors the offensive line.

"I think they are really interested and are waiting for some junior film," Schmidt said.

Scout.com ranks Schmidt as the No. 35 offensive tackle nationally in his class.

Schmidt, who plays for Sioux Falls Roosevelt, reports scholarship offers from Minnesota, Washington State and South Dakota State. He's hearing from a large group of FBS programs, including Wisconsin and Nebraska.

"I really just want to go to a school that has a great O-Line tradition and will give me a chance to excel in school and have a chance to play at the next level," Schmidt said.

Schmidt said he is set to visit Washington State on Nov. 23rd and then Wisconsin on the 30th.


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