Meeker Ready to Make Mark

An important period in Iowa recruiting kicks off on Sunday with the Hawkeyes first prospect camp of the summer. Players perform in front of the coaches in hopes of earning a scholarship offer. Cedar Rapids Prairie OL Bryce Meeker is one of the athletes scheduled to be in attendance Sunday and he talked with HI about the opportunity.

Iowa let Bryce Meeker know during January's junior day that a strong camp performance could earn him a scholarship offer. Since then, the Cedar Rapids Prairie offensive lineman has worked towards being at his best for the opportunity.

Meeker grew up an Iowa fan. He's longed expressed a desire to play for the program.

Meeker heads to Iowa City for a camp to showcase his skills on Sunday. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder does so knowing his college can be paid for regardless of how he performs. He reports scholarship offers from Illinois State, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa and South Dakota State.

"I've been hearing from Iowa pretty consistently," Meeker said. "I'm just going to go there and performing. I'm not completely sure what they want to see from me but I have been working on my foot work, foot speed and strength. I've also made sure I'm well conditioned."

Offensive line is a priority for Iowa in the 2015 recruiting class. The Hawkeyes already have verbal commitments from in-staters Jake Newborg and Levi and Landan Paulsen, all projected to play that position in college.

Isaiah Prince (MD), Matt McCann (IN), Sam Madden (NJ), Matthew Burrell (VA), Quarvez Boulware (DC), Tommy Hatten (NJ) and James Daniels (OH) are '15 offensive linemen reportedly with Iowa offers. Outside of Daniels, the Hawkeyes likely are on the outside looking in with the group.

Sunday's Iowa camp doesn't represent a make-or-break situation for Meeker and a Hawkeye offer. He still can win over the coaches this fall during his senior season if he chooses to wait on a commitment. Signing day is in February.

"I definitely view this as a tryout but I'm not going in with expectations," Meeker said.

Meeker said he also will camp at Iowa State and Northern Illinois. He's also open to attending events at other schools as they present themselves, he said.

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