Iowa is no stranger to adding an in-state prospect late in the cycle. They've done it numerous times. The most recent examples are star linebacker Josey Jewell and even tight end Shaun Beyer of Cedar Rapids in the 2016 class.
Who will be that guy in the 2017 group? It could be Denver (Iowa) offensive lineman Mason Niesen
Niesen has nice size at 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds and plays with a chip on his shoulder on the field. He has a certain type of nastiness to his game that the Hawkeye staff usually falls in love with and takes pride in. And it shows as the Iowa staff has remained in contact with the soon-to-be senior.
"Yes, they've stayed in contact with me," Niesen confirmed to Scout. "They're still thinking about offering."
An offer would go a long way for Niesen. He's still a relative unknown in the recruiting landscape but not to Iowa. There's very few sure things in recruiting but Niesen picking the Hawkeyes if they were to offer is likely one of them.
"I've been a Hawk fan since I was born," he stated clearly and bluntly.
The road grader from Denver knows he still has work to do but is willing to se his recruiting process through and let it take care of itself.
"I don't know if they just want to see some senior film," Niesen shared. "That's up to them."
One thing working in Niesen's favor is the numbers at his position. Iowa is not actively or aggressively pursuing any other interior offensive linemen in his class. They've also not received any commits at guard or center. He'd likely play on the inside, and with little attention paid at that spot by the Hawkeye staff in the 2017 cycle, he just may be their guy.
It's something he'll have to wait on a little longer, though.
"They just have been telling me to be patient," Niesen said of the Iowa staff's message to him. "I've been told to be patient and to just let them do their job."
For the record, that is a similar message received by Shaun Beyer and Levi Duwa before they received offers from Iowa.