David Moosman may not be the ideal offensive prospect considering the fact he is not 6'5 or taller and is not projected to play offensive tackle. However, there was not a better performing offensive lineman at Iowa's elite one day camp this past summer or a guard prospect that is likely more coveted by Kirk Ferentz, Lloyd Carr, Barry Alvarez, and Tyrone Willingham than is Moosman.
The University of Iowa has made its mark for developing offensive lineman in the past two NFL Drafts. While that is important to Moosman as much as it would be to any other prospect, what is more important is the fashion of how Iowa has done it.
"When thinking about playing offensive line at Iowa, it's a bit more special than the other schools," said Moosman. "At schools like Michigan, they always pump out talented lineman, but at Iowa they not only do their homework in finding them, but they also develop them to their best ability."
While Iowa has done well in the offensive line department in the past, there have been struggles with their line play so far this fall. That is something Moosman has paid attention to, but he has looked beyond the surface.
"I watched their game against Michigan, and they did alright. It is just a young crew gaining experience, and building some chemistry. That is the one that I have with most of the schools on my list is that the majority of their offense are underclassmen that I'll be able to play with during my time there."
So will the way Iowa finishes this season play much of a role with Moosman?
"Iowa will be in contention for national championships, or at least, for Big Ten championships for years to come, and that I feel positive about. I'm not too worried about how they do overall this season, as I know they have talent. I'm pretty interested in how the teams on my list do in playing each other, though. I've seen Michigan beat Iowa, Notre Dame beat Michigan, and Notre Dame lose to BYU so it has been a crazy year."
Moosman has set official visits to Wisconsin on December 3rd, Michigan on December 10th, Iowa on December 17th, and Notre Dame on January 14th. He is still considering attending the Iowa/Ohio State game two weeks from now, and is planning on attending the Michigan/Michigan State game on October 30th.
Lastly, I asked Moosman to inform Hawkeye fans of what first comes to his mind when being asked about Iowa?
"I really like the coaching staff as they all seem to know what they are doing, and they are knowledgeable guys. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and Coach (Chris) Doyle are quite a duo in working with offensive lineman as Coach Ferentz knew his strength program would be crucial, and found the right guy in Coach Doyle. They've developed some great lineman, including Robert Gallery, who I watched play today (with the Oakland Raiders) and he did well like he always does. Michigan and Wisconsin are real high on my list, but there is no question that Iowa is right there with them."