Minnesota became the first to offer in-state defensive end Andrew Stelter this past November. Since then, interest has risen from other schools in the Owatonna High prospect, and Iowa is one of the schools leading that charge.
"I went down to a junior day at Iowa and they seem pretty interested," Stelter said. "They are probably the second most interested at the moment behind the Gophers.
"I really liked it there and I thought it was a solid program. They are rebuilding their [facilities] and everything should be done by 2014, which will be my freshman year. It is pretty close to home and that's cool too."
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The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Stelter also attended a junior day at Minnesota two weekends ago. The offer from the Gophers last fall was a monumental step in his recruitment.
"It was awesome and took off a lot of pressure," Stelter said. "During the football season you feel like you have to go out there and have the pressure of having to impress people. It was a huge deal that it was my home state."
In the last few weeks Stelter has also received junior days invites from LSU, and mail from the likes of Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Michigan State coaches stopped through his school in January and he is looking to make a spring visit to East Lansing.
Stelter plans to return to Iowa for their camp this summer. He is also looking into camps at Minnesota and Wisconsin over the summer. His college selection could come at any time, but he has no plans to rush the decision process.
"If I know 'this is the place for me', then I will probably commit," Stelter said. "If it comes down to not being able to figure that out until later, then I am going to make sure it is the right place for me, however long that takes."