Iowa Offers South Dakota Lineman

It was two years ago when the Hawkeyes surprised many by signing LB Chad Greenway from Mount Vernon, SD. Now Greenway could end up becoming one of the elite sleepers in the nation. For the 03' class, the Hawkeyes have decided to offer another prospect from South Dakota in OL/DL Ryan Schuler from Sioux Falls (Washington). Will the Hawkeyes have repeated success?

I actually had received an email from a friend a couple of weeks ago notifying me that I was missing out on one of the best kept secrets in OL Ryan Schuler. After I received that email, I went to a couple of my sources and heard the praise of Sioux Falls OL Ryan Schuler (6'7 270 5.0).

Chad Greenway was a prospect that emerged late with an offer from Iowa and near offer from Nebraska. Ryan Schuler is jumping out of the gate early with some national recognition, and it should not be long until his name is mentioned with the elite lineman.

"I have offers from Iowa, Stanford, and Arizona," Ryan said. "Nebraska stopped by the school, along with Iowa, this week. I attended Iowa's spring game and also went to a junior day at Nebraska."

So just how well did Ryan's first ever visit to Iowa City go?

"I liked Iowa City. The coaching staff was great as they seemed to all be cool guys. I thought the weight room was pretty sweet. I did not get much of a chance to view the campus, though."

Coach Doyle and his strength & conditioning program have been enormous benefits to the Hawkeye program and Coach Ferentz. What kind of intial impression did Ryan recieve from Coach Doyle?

"I mainly just asked him a few questions on what I could do to better myself. I could tell that he was in command. I think that he is a guy that will always strive to make you better. That is pretty awesome, in my opinion. I know he will get the best out of me."

Traditionally, the state of South Dakota has been a Cornhusker state. However, Ryan has not shown any leanings so far in his early recruitment.

"I just like college football as I have not been partial to any certain school. I might feel comfort in verballing early to get the process over, but this is a whole new world for myself. I came from a small town so I want to check out all my options and secure the best possible location."

What will be the main factors in Ryan's decision?

"Obviously, academics will be a very strong point in my mindset. If I happen to blow my knee out during my sophmore year; I want a good education to lean back on. I also want to be in total comfort with the coaches and facilities."

Last season, Ryan recorded 46 tackles and two sacks at the DT position. However, many schools are recruiting him as an OL at the moment. What position would he like to play in college?

"I feel more comfortable on the offensive side. A part of that is becuase last year I injured one of my shoulders half way through the season so I was basically playing with one arm. It was hard to play defense the rest of the way since I couldn't throw people around. All the schools are telling me I'm an OL right now; unless I improve my speed and then I can play elsewhere."

Hawkeye fans would have no problem with allowing Ryan to play at any position on the field. Ryan is quickly emerging as one of the best in the midwest. Will the Hawks go two for two in South Dakota?

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