Iowa has a history of success with players from the eight-man ranks. Drew Ott starts at defensive end for the Hawkeyes and Nate Meier is his back-up, both hailing from the smaller teams in high school.
Another eight-man standout is on the Iowa radar. Springville Senior Elias Nissen is hearing from the Hawkeyes among other schools.
"They seemed very interested," the 6-foot-6, 210-pound Nissen said. "There was some talk of even maybe recruiting at different positions like outside linebacker and strong safety, but not quite sure."
Most colleges, like Iowa, have been viewing Nissen as a tight end. He ranked third in the state among rushers with 2,218 yards (12.7 per carry) for the Orioles this fall.
In addition to the Hawkeyes, Nissen reports that Iowa State, North Dakota State, Western Illinois and a number of Division II schools are recruiting him.
Nissen offers good speed for his size. He reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds and the 100 meters in 11.26.
St. Cloud University and Winona State have played host to Nissen. He also visited Iowa on Oct. 26 for their game with Wisconsin and was scheduled for another unofficial with the Hawkeyes for their Nov. 23 contest against Michigan.