One of the main targets for Iowa in the 2018 recruiting class will be Mequon (Wisc.) Homestead linebacker Mike Bruner. Scout was on hand for his opening game of the season where he impressed on defense for the defending state champions.
Bruner was not only a standout at linebacker but he played nearly every snap. He was on the field goal team, the kick returns, kickoffs, and punting team along with coming in on a few series as a tight end.
He did catch a touchdown on a fade to the corner as a tight end but was called for offensive pass interference. Bruner was able to record a touchdown that was not called back after he slipped behind the line on a fake punt to catch a pass and take off untouched to the end zone. Despite those successes, he was definitely in his own comfort zone as a defensive player.
Iowa is the only school to offer Bruner so far but I expect that to change rather abruptly.
"I envision myself getting a couple more big-time looks other than Iowa," Bruner said afterwards. I'm not guaranteeing that I'll get another offer but I'll be in contact with other Big Ten schools. I've been in contact with a couple through my coach. So hopefully coming after the season I'll have a few more."
The Hawkeyes are the first and only school to offer the junior linebacker and that could shape the direction of his recruitment.
"Yeah, I think (it helps that they are the first)," Bruner admitted. "They have an amazing facility. Their weight room is over 25,000 square feet. Everything is gorgeous about the facility. It's a nice campus and all tied together, which I like. The coaching staff is by far the best thing about them. Coach Ferentz is great. My parents had dinner with him and they had nothing but good things to say.""
"I was talking a lot with Coach (Seth) Wallace," he continued. "He's a great guy. I love the coaches. The players say the facilities are great and that the team is great. Just the bond that everyone holds is just unbreakable."
Bruner will be back in Iowa City pretty soon for another visit to see the program, but this time in action.
"I plan on going down there when they play the Badgers and again when they play Iowa State," he pointed out.
Though he holds Iowa in high esteem, Bruner will not rush towards a decision but it is recruitment that he expects to conclude before he takes the field a year from now.
"I want to have it finished for sure before my senior year," he shared. "Over the summer after this year I'll be touring a lot of schools to see what they're all like. Then I'll go from there to see where I fit the best with and what school I like the most."