Boehm Reflects on Iowa, Nebraska Visits

Rising 2012 OL Evan Boehm traveled to Iowa and Nebraska last weekend on unofficial visits to schools that have offered him scholarships. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the Lee's Summit, MO product to find out about this trip. Get the latest right here in this recruiting update.

It's early, but you have to like Iowa and Nerbaska's chances in the pursuit of Evan Boehm.

"It was a great experience," the Class of 2012 offensive lineman said after unofficially visiting the schools last weekend. "Both places were awesome. Both offered what I like to see in a college - the tradition, all the offensive linemen in the past that I see in the NFL, the atmosphere, the coaches."

Boehm, who hails from Lee's Summit, Mo., stopped first in Iowa City, arriving Saturday morning. His parents came along.

"Coach (Eric) Johnson met us," the 6-foot-3½, 290-pounder said. "We got a tour of the facilities. We sat in his office and talked some football. We went to the stadium and he showed us around. We walked around campus and talked about everything. It was all good stuff."

The Boehms only met with Johnson, Iowa's lead recruiter on Evan. The other coaches were on vacation.

Sunday, the Boehm family took in Lincoln.

"It really was a lot like Iowa," Evan said. "They took me around to the facilities. Coach (Barney) Cotton took us on a tour. We hit it off and had a good time talking football."

Boehm said they didn't talk about the Huskers' move from the Big 12 to the Big Ten in 2011.

"The way I see it, football is football," Boehm said. "I want to win conference championships and national championships. I don't think that conferences matter."

Boehm focused on what was important to him when he visited Iowa and Nebraska as he did on other unofficial visits.

"I just tried to listen to what the coaches had to say to see what they're about and what was important to them to see if they were the same things that are important to me," he said. "I just tried to envision which schools would be right for me; where I could see myself."

Boehm remained open with his recruitment after the recent visits. He still didn't claim any favorites or a Top 5.

In fact, Boehm plans to shut down recruiting until after his season at Lee's Summit West High, where he hopes to lead the team to a state championship.

"I'm focused on three things - the conference championship, the district championship and the state championship," Boehm said. "I want to be there for my teammates without any distractions. I think that will work with the schools that are interested in me because they'll be concentrating on their seasons and their players.

"That's the way it should be."

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