Moeller Learns a Lot at Iowa

How many times have Hawkeye fans heard the story of Kirk Ferentz and his staff becoming aware of a prospect while recruiting other prospects at the same high school? Well, that is exactly how the Hawkeyes came across the path of linebacker Tyler Moeller, who currently holds a Hawkeye scholarship offer. The Cincinnati native hopes to make a decision before the end of the summer and just recently made an unofficial visit to Iowa City.

During the May evaluation period, Iowa Assistant Coach Eric Johnson made his way out to Colerain High School in Cincinnati to check out running back Terrance Sherrer and offensive lineman Connor Smith.

"Coach Johnson came to the weight room to watch those two work out and saw me in there and ended up asking me to come out to their camp," Moeller said. "He said they had come up with the name ‘Tasmainian Devil' for me after watching my film."

Moeller decided to make the trip out to Iowa City to attend the camp where he was a bit surprised with what he saw.

"You see all these farm towns on the way out there, and basically all it is is cornfields. Then, you see Iowa City, and it is a miniature city and has a very nice campus. I was totally surprised with what I saw there and I liked it very much," Moeller said.

Moeller noted it was his hustle, mobility, and overall aggressiveness that really caught the Hawkeye coaches attention while at camp, and he also learned a few pointers.

"I really picked up on some pass rushing moves and technique coming off the edge. They helped me with my swim move, and really got me to concentrate more on making a press and pull move," stated Moeller.

Moeller left the Iowa camp and shortly thereafter learned that he had an Iowa offer.

After hearing that news, he decided to take yet another unofficial visit to Iowa City on June 30th.

"I went out there with my family, and we spent time with the entire coaching staff. We even watched the players work-out for a while, and I got the chance to speak with Chad Greenway. He was a cool guy, and he told me how Iowa was the only school to give him a chance and how far he has come since then. Iowa's coaches were real down-to-earth, and really didn't push me at all," stated Moeller.

In his conversation with Coach Kirk Ferentz, Tyler learned from the head man he may want to seriously think of the consequences of not becoming a Hawkeye.

"He basically asked me if I'd rather being playing with them, or have to play against them," added Moeller laughingly. "He talked about how far the program has come and the success they have had. Iowa is a great place, a winning program in the Big Ten, and they have nice facilities, a nice campus, and great coaches."

Moeller says he plans to make a decision before the end of the summer, but first he can't wait to leave on vacation to Florida this coming Friday where he can put recruiting on the backburner.

"Right now, I've told everyone that I want to make a decision before the start of my season. If I'm not ready at that time, though, I will not force it. My top five is Iowa, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Miami(OH), and Louisville, (who is the only school of the five not to offer). A lot of people think it's Iowa or Virginia Tech, but I've always said I'd like to be close to home, and Cincinnati and Miami(OH) are only thirty minutes away," Moeller said.

Moeller also noted that Iowa is recruiting him to play the ‘WILL' position currently occupied by Greenway, and he also spoke of how they felt he could make an impact on special teams.


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