IA Recruiting: Another Brant Leads Way for Wahlert

In 2003, current Iowa State offensive lineman Aaron Brant of Dubuque Wahlert took top honors as the top prep in the state of Iowa. In looking ahead to the Class of 2006, another Brant is looking to lay claim to that title. Plus, an update on a Wahlert senior who Iowa is eyeing as a preferred walk on candidate...

Aaron Brant eventually signed with the Iowa State Cyclones and started for them as a true frosh in 2003. Many might figure that his younger brother, Alex, has the bloodlines to be the next great lineman coming out of Iowa with his 6-foot-6 frame. However, at 215-pounds, he has a different build and skill set than Aaron and figures to play right next to the offensive tackle position.

"Both Iowa and Iowa State are taking a look at him as a tight end, and that is where he worked out at their summer camp's," said Wahlert head coach Jim Killoran. "He has such great hands and he is an excellent athlete having started as a sophomore in both varsity basketball and track."

Can any comparisons be drawn between the two siblings?

"Well, both are tremendously competitive and work as hard as they have to in order to succeed. Both players practice very well, and they do what they're told to do. I'd just say they both have different temperaments.

How so?

"Alex is a little more cocky and carries a bit more of a swagger than Aaron."

Such is the case with ‘skill position' players when comparing them to the ‘big uglies' on the offensive line, though tight end is a literal and figurative next door neighbor.

"Alex really can catch the ball, too, as he has five receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown in our first two games."

Do any offers appear to be forthcoming anytime soon?

"I think both Iowa and Iowa State are waiting until this season to make an offer, but both are very interested at this point. I know that Alex has taken visits down to both campuses." Killoran said.

Given the family ties at Iowa State, is it a foregone conclusion that the younger Brant will look to join his older brother in Ames?

"No, I wouldn't say that as they are both their own people and Alex has taken the time to check out Iowa as well. I certainly believe it something he will take a look at, but Alex will do what is best for him."

One of Alex's teammates is also in the Hawkeyes' recruiting cross hairs, and that is dynamic running back/defensive back Brennon McCarron, a player that we introduced on Saturday (Click Here)

The Hawkeyes are talking to McCarron about a preferred walk on position within their program next year.

If you clicked on the link above, you read Killoran comment that McCarron was on pace to set the school's rushing record in this year's seventh game.

However, after his performance against Cedar Rapids Washington on Friday night, the clock might be ticking a bit faster.

In a matchup of marquee backs, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound McCarron battled to a dead heat with Washington's Travis Rhonem but Wahlert got the victory 56-34.

McCarrron carried the ball 29 times for 321 yards and six touchdowns while Rhone ripped off 323 yards on 36 carries and scored four times. Per the Cedar Rapids Gazette, McCarron had touchdown runs from 30, 40, 65, 11 and 44 yards, plus tacked on a 94-yard kickoff return for a score.


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