Iowa Still In It for Balous

Bryce Balous brings speed and physicality to the safety position. Two schools have zeroed in on adding the Texan to their roster. He officially visits Kansas State this weekend. Iowa, the first school to offer him a scholarship, could play host to him next.

Bryce Balous kicks off his official visit tour Saturday with a stop at Kansas State. The Wildcats are well positioned.

"They're my leader right now," Balous said.

Balous' calling card is speed. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound safety from McKinney (TX) North High ran a 4.39-second, 40-yard dash at the Dallas Nike Football SPARQ Combine in early May. He posted the fastest time among more than 1,700 athletes at the event.

Balous, the son of former Oklahoma running back Johnnie Balous, also jumped 34.4 inches on his vertical and recored a 4.22-second pro agility at the combine. He completed the 100 meters at the district meet this spring in 10.34.

Balous reports scholarship offers from Arkansas State, Iowa, Kansas State and Nevada. Louisville and Baylor are showing interest, he said.

Assistant Bobby Kennedy is leading Iowa's recruitment of Balous.

"I haven't really talked with them recently. They've been sending letters telling me about Iowa. I still do think that Iowa would be a good school to go to," Balous said.

The Hawkeyes were the first school to offer a scholarship to Balous.

"I want to visit Iowa," he said.

Balous said that he would "most likely" take more official visits after stopping at Kansas State this weekend. He's targeting the time after his season ends for making a commitment.

Balous, who posted 110 tackles as a junior, would like to run track in college as well as play football. He's considering a Chemical Engineering major. as the No. 76 safety nationally in the Class of 2015.

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