The Iowa Football program has a history of tight ends being heavily involved in their offense. And for class of 2018 Illinois WR/TE, Mike O'Laughlin, that stood out during his weekend visit to Iowa City.
"I enjoyed practice a lot," O'Laughlin acknowledged. "Mostly because of the way Coach [Brian] Ferentz uses the TE's and the way they move around in the backfield," he added.
"I loved the facilities and all the things that are available to players during the season and when training. The resources are second to none," he stated when asked what stood out for him during his time in Iowa City.
Right now, O'Laughlin said he mostly plays wide receiver for Fenwick HS in Oak Park, IL, but the Hawkeyes are really looking hard at him being a tight end. And at 6'5" and 205-pounds, you can really see why.
"[Iowa] said they need to see me block more and see my physicality at tight end," he said when asked about some things he might need to improve upon.
The Hawkeye staff has yet to extend an offer to the long, capable ball winner, but O'Laughlin says he doesn't think one is too far off at this point. He believes that once the staff sees a little bit more of that physicality he mentioned previously, an offer would probably be extended his way.
Iowa offensive coordinator, Brian Ferentz, has been the primary guy recruiting O'Laughlin and he says that Ferentz's outlook on family and bonding within the program is something that he really admires.
He boasts offers from many schools right now. West Virginia, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ball State, and Western Kentucky are just a few of the schools he mentioned and he does not claim any favorites at this point in time. Once he starts to see more schools then he'll begin to narrow his list.
As far as a return visit to Iowa is concerned, he says that a return trip is set for June sometime, but he does not know when exactly. Could an offer be on the table mid-summer? We'll find out.