Another prospect that visited Iowa over the weekend that I have had the luxury of seeing in action multiple times is Bellevue (Neb.) West 2017 interior offensive lineman Tyler Ciurej. He will be a prospect that gathers a ton of recruiting attention by the end of the process, and should already be quite honestly. He's a bull of a lineman at 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds already. He could be a center, but obviously can also play either of the guard spots.
No offers have come Ciurej's way yet, but I wouldn't count on that lasting much longer. He camped at both Iowa and Nebraska over the summer, and those two programs, along with Kansas State, have his attention so far.
"I would say those three schools are at the top right now," Ciurej said. "My recdruitment has been great. I think that each of my top three schools seem close to offering. I visited Iowa last weekend and I'll be going to Kansas State for the second time this weekend."
His trip to Iowa City for the night game against Minnesota impressed him in terms of the atmosphere.
"It was really awesome," Ciurej pointed out. "It was an amazing environment at night. I haven't really gone to any other night games but Iowa's atmosphere is at the top so far. And I haven't been to Nebraska at night but I bet it's just as awesome."
The Hawkeyes have really risen into the focal point of the college football scene lately. And they're at the center of Ciurej's recruitment as well.
"Just when I went to Iowa's camp over the summer, I felt like I was family already," Ciurej admitted. "I'm not saying Nebraska did anything to make me not feel like family, or Kansas State, but even at the Iowa game everybody was talking and having fun. The people talk to everyone and there's nothing negative in the air at all. Brian Ferentz went to our game against Millard North. I haven't really heard any feedback from that but he must be interested to take the time during the season to come watch me play."
"Obviously one of the reasons why is that they're 10-0," he added. "I'm not saying anything about Nebraska because they've kind of lost a couple games they could have easily won. IF they were 10-0 it'd be the same exact way as Iowa. But there's so much tension around there because a lot of fans are expecting too much out of Mike Riley's first season."
Iowa and Nebraska face off in two weeks and that will be a tough one for Ciurej to handle.
"I'm going to be happy just to see them play," he noted. "I can't root for either because it's going to be rough. I'll be cheering when both of them score."