Gibraltar (Mich.) Carlson offensive tackle Kodi Kieler has seen his stock jump in recent weeks. The 6-5, 305-pound lineman generated six scholarships from Mid-American Conference schools, and last month picked up his first offer from a BCS Conference program.
"I just got my first Big Ten offer from Minnesota," Kieler said. "That was about three weeks ago, I think. They liked how big I was and how mobile I was."
Kieler was already familiar with the Gopher's program when they came through with a scholarship offer because he had been on their campus a couple weeks prior.
"Over spring break we went there and had an unofficial visit," Kieler said. "I really liked it, really liked the city and really liked the coaches there."
Joining Minnesota on Kieler's offer list are Ball State, Toledo, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Northern Illinois. He has seen coaches from more Big Ten programs through his school in recent weeks and will see others in the coming months.
"I've gotten some interest from Illinois and Iowa. They came to my school and saw me," Kieler said. "I will probably go to the Michigan camp, the Michigan State camp, and one or two MAC school camps. I think I am going to stop by Ball State, Illinois and Indiana this month."
Now that his offer list is being populated, Kieler plans to start taking a closer look at the schools pursuing him so he can make an informed decision.
"I plan on going to as many colleges as possible," he said. "I want to take in the full spectrum of this recruiting thing, because it only happens once. I kind of want to wait it out and see what other [offers] I can get, then see who I feel most comfortable with."
Kieler has been a two-year varsity starter for Gibraltar Carlson. As a junior he earned all-region, all-Downriver, and Detroit Metro second team honors.