Meeker Back at Iowa

Bryce Meeker attended Iowa's junior day in January and was back for a second one there on Sunday. The junior lineman from Cedar Rapids Prairie continue to build a relationship with the Hawkeyes staff.

Bryce Meeker wouldn't be a good poker player. He has no problem showing his hand.

Meeker, a junior lineman at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Prairie High, has let it be known that he will play college football in his home State. He's received plenty of interest from schools outside the boarders, including Nebraska and Wisconsin.

"Family and friends are why I want to stay here," Meeker said. "I have no desire to leave, ever."

The recruiting game can be one of cat and mouse. Sometimes schools will offer a prospect to get in early and make a good impression before other programs pounce. If the coaches know a player prefers them, they can wait.

Meeker is not concerned with that dynamic.

"It may compromise my position a little," he said. "But I still have to keep working to get the offers."

Northern Iowa already has offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-6, 285-pounder. Meeker visited Iowa Sunday for the second time this year. He was scheduled to be at Iowa State's junior day this coming weekend.

"I'm going to be patient and keep pushing because of my desire to play at the highest level," Meeker said.

Meeker spent about an hour with the Iowa coaches Sunday, then ate with them and other prospects there for junior day before watching the basketball team take down Purdue.

"I talked to mostly all the coaches," he said. "They all said they are interested in me and want me to keep working so I can play there someday."

It's the same feedback Meeker has heard from the Hawkeye staff for quite some time.

"I feel fine with it because Coach Kirk Ferentz told me that they are definitely looking for more O-Linemen," he said. "I think I need to go to camp and show them I have improved (to get an offer)."

The Hawkeyes picked up verbal commitments from Moville (Iowa) Woodbury Central twins, Levi and Landan Paulsen, on Sunday. They're projected to play offensive line. Inwood West Lyon's Jake Newborg, an Iowa verbal, also has been listed on the O-Line but met with the defensive linemen at January's junior day.

Meeker mingled with the Paulsens, Newborg and the rest of the select group of junior day visitors on Sunday.

"They're great people," he said. "They're all very cool. I love talking to great players."

UNI has been trying to get Meeker back to Cedar Falls. He said he plans to visit.

"They want me to come down soon, but I don't know exact dates," he said.


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