Iowa became the first school to offer 2018 Mequon (Wisc.) Homestead linebacker Mike Bruner on Saturday after he finished off his overnight stay with the Hawkeyes. It was his second trip to the Iowa campus.
The 6-foot-3, 215 pound prospect camped with Iowa already and impressed enough to earn a scholarship from the Hawkeyes today. He's also receiving interest from the in-state Badgers. He'll project as an outside linebacker at the next level.
Iowa has had success in Wisconsin recently, nabbing 2016 quarterback signee Nathan Stanley and running back signee Toren Young in the last class. They beat out the Badgers for Stanley, though Young did not hold a Wisconsin offer.
They'll hope to continue that success in the 2018 group in the form of Bruner.
"I was very excited when Coach (Kirk) Ferentz offered me," Bruner said. "He said he liked what I had to offer and liked what he saw. He also would like to stay in contact with me to see how my next two seasons go."
Bruner does hold some Iowa ties which is where his interest in the Hawkeyes originates from. His father is familiar with the state of Iowa.
"My dad went to college in Iowa (Morningside) and told me how nice and friendly the people were so I decided to give it a try," Bruner pointed out. "And sure enough, the people are great and the city and campus is beautiful."
Wisconsin has shown some interest in Bruner but have yet to offer. He's in their crosshairs and one is possible. What would an offer from the Badgers mean? Bruner shared that with Scout.
"Yeah I have a little bit of interest in the Badgers," he admitted. "I went to their camp and ended up eating lunch with their coaching staff. They would be about even with Iowa if they were to offer, only because I haven't really seen the Wisconsin campus or gotten to meet the people of Madison. I was a fan of Wisconsin. They have a great coaching staff and the players are all very well down-to-earth, good guys."
His interest in Iowa is deep as well.
"I love the sense of family I get with the coaches and players at Iowa," Bruner explained. "I feel like I'm in my own hometown with the way the people treat me. I will be visiting them again. I will be down there for a few football games this Fall and back again for an official visit senior year."