Pleasant surprise for Eilert

Will Eilert is a versatile prospect who could play defensive end, defensive tackle, offensive tackle or tight end in college. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound four-sport athlete has one football scholarship offer and he could haul in more this summer. He discusses his favorites and his interest in Wisconsin.

Will Eilert's first scholarship offer came from an unlikely source. The two-way standout at Grinnell (Iowa) High School had not had any contact with the University of Wyoming football program before they tendered him. Not one letter, text message or phone call. Nothing. Then a scholarship offer.

What Wyoming had done was contact Eilert's high school coach, Jim Dunne, and ask for video of the class of 2007 prospect. They apparently liked what they saw of the 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end/defensive end.

"They are definitely at the top of my list because they are the only one that's offered," Eilert said of the Cowboys, in a telephone interview Thursday. "They kind of came out of nowhere. I hadn't talked to them or anything. They just called one night and said they wanted to offer me a scholarship.

"I kind of want to stay somewhere a little bit closer, but I definitely would say they are at the top right now."

Eilert said that, in addition to Wyoming, he is primarily receiving interest from Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Kansas State, Illinois and Division I-AA programs Northern Iowa and Illinois State.

He attended junior days at Iowa State and Wisconsin and received phone calls in May from Iowa, Iowa State, Wyoming, Northern Iowa and Kansas.

Eilert was a Class 3-A first-team all-state defensive end last season, after tallying 98 tackles, including 23 for loss, and eight sacks. As a tight end he caught 19 passes for 330 yards and one touchdown.

He could play several different positions in college.

"Everyone is kind of different right now," he said. "Wyoming wants me to play actually like a nose guard position. A lot of people are looking at me to play D end. And then there's a few schools looking at me to play tight end and probably like a move to offensive tackle some time…

"I don't have any trouble putting on weight now. I work hard to keep my weight at 250. I have a big frame so I don't have a problem putting on weight. I don't know how much I'll be able to put on, but I'll be able to put on a little bit anyway."

Eilert is a four-sport athlete. He competed on the Grinnell basketball team that placed third in the Class 3-A state championships; he throws the shot put and discus for the track team; and he plays first base and pitches for the baseball team.

"My best in the disc is 152 (feet) and my best in the shot is 51-8," Eilert said.

Eilert could draw more scholarship football interest this summer.

"Most everyone just wants to see me in camp," he said.

Eilert said he definitely plans to attend camps at Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa and he might make camp trips to Kansas and Wisconsin as well.

In addition to Wyoming, Eilert is focused on schools close to home.

"Definitely Iowa and Iowa State because they are so close and (I grew) up a Hawk fan," Eilert said. "But I'd say anywhere in the Midwest here. All those schools I'm going to go to camp at I'm pretty interested in."

What does Eilert think about Wisconsin?

"(Badger head) coach (Bret) Bielema was actually the first one that I ever talked to on the phone," Eilert said. "They came after me early and invited me to a junior day. So I have that first impression from them still that's good. And the junior day was fun. It was a great atmosphere, great town. The stadium is amazing. I've got a lot of positive things to say about them. Still definitely keeping it open towards them."

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