Meeker Embraces Cyclones Camp Opportunity

Bryce Meeker is one of a few in-state linemen the Cyclones are eying for their 2015 class. The offensive tackle will be in Ames this weekend for a camp. Read what his expectations are and what he's been working on

Bryce Meeker was pleased with his performance at Iowa's camp last weekend, especially with his explosiveness, the product of grueling weight training.

"I feel I'm more explosive than I ever have been," the Prairie (IA) offensive tackle said Friday.

Meeker felt there was plenty of room for improvement with his footwork and, in anticipation of this weekend's Iowa State camp in Ames, got in a cram session this week.

"I did a lot of pass drops at tackle, guard and center, because I'll be playing all three this year at my high school," Meeker said. "I've been working on my pass blocks, first steps on run blocks, but definitely the most I've been working on is my pass steps. I can't let the guy go inside or out, I have to stay with him."

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle, who hails from Cedar Rapids, has offers from Illinois State, Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa. Meeker would love an Iowa State offer this weekend, though he says he'd wait a few days to make a decision rather than commit on the spot, if one comes.

"I'd definitely look into it," Meeker said. "I love Iowa State. It's close. the main things I look for is [proximity], good coaches, good programs, family-oriented. I feel like Iowa State has that all and would be a really good place for me. I can definitely see myself going there but it's up to an offer."

An offer is the end goal, but in the meantime Meeker looks to take advantage of what the camp has to offer.

"When I go to camps I don't really expect anything, I just go in there and do the best I can and what happens, happens," he said. "I'm just trying to perform and improve on the skills I have and get better at the things I'm not quite as good at. I'm trying to become a better player.

I don't have to go to college to get the coaching from [college staffs], I can go to camp and learn from them."

Meeker met new ISU offensive line coach Brandon Blaney in March at an ISU Junior Day and was impressed.

"I really like him," Meeker said. "I think he's a good coach. I went to a Junior Day and he brought me into a meeting room with one other player and he was talking up their offense and I really like the way he coaches."

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