Iowa offered their fourth in-state prospect of the 2018 class earlier today at their first junior day of the cycle. It was Tyler Linderbaum, a defensive tackle from Solon that was the recipient. We speculated in our visit preview earlier in the week that he was the in-state prospect with the best chance to grab a new offer from Iowa, due to them wanting to add a couple more from Iowa and having defensive tackle as a position of need still.
Linderbaum is rated as a three-star prospect currently by Scout and his size is listed at 6-2/255. Iowa was not his first offer. He already held an offer from the Cyclones in-state as well.
"I'm excited and honored," Linderbaum told Scout about his new offer from the Hawkeyes. "Head coach Kirk Ferentz and my family spoke for about 20 minutes today one-on-one and during that time he offered me as a defensive tackle."
That is not surprising as Ferentz and the Iowa staff always attempt to include the family in on the recruitment as much as possible. They should have no problem landing Linderbaum and adding him to the class eventually. It just won't be happening right away.
"I was an Iowa fan growing up," Linderbaum admitted. "It's awesome to receive an offer from the team you grew up watching. But I was never tempted to commit. I'm not thinking about it yet. I still have plenty of time to go."
"I really like their coaches," he continued about the Hawkeyes. "A lot of their techniques that they teach is exactly what I'm getting taught at Solon."