The state of Iowa has continued to produce quality offensive lineman year in and year out over the past few years. Tyler Blum will help that streak continue this coming fall, and do not be surprised if you see him rank as the top prospect in Iowa.
"He is a great athlete," said Head Coach Ron Hamilton. "He plays on offense with the aggression of a defensive lineman. He continually knocks the crap out of people. He actually was named First Team All-State at defensive end the past two seasons, but his future is likely on offense. I firmly believe he could end up a great 320 pound offensive tackle."
Tyler Blum already holds two offers from in-state programs Iowa and Iowa State while a few others have started to join the party.
So what are Blum's feelings on his current offers?
"What Coach (Kirk) Ferentz has done at Iowa the past five years, especially the past two, speaks for itself. They have a great program, great facilities, and great fans."
"The same can be said about what Coach McCarney has done at Iowa State the past seven years. They had a down year last year, but I don't think there is any question they will rebound and get back to their previous status."
Could an early decision possibly take place?
"I plan to take unofficial visits to both places this spring, and I guess it is possible I could make a decision by the end of the spring. I'm just going to wait it out and talk with the coaches."
Five years ago, there was another small town Iowa prospect that stood at 6'6 235 pounds and compared favorably to Blum in athletic prowess. His name was Robert Gallery, a projected top five pick in this upcoming NFL Draft. While no comparisons of that nature should be applied to Blum yet, there may be no prospect in the northern heartland with as much upside.