Hartland (Wisc.) Arrowhead High won a state title in 2012, and the Warkhawks return many of their top Division I prospects from that squad in 2013. Linebacker Sam Seonbuchner is one of those returning, and he landed his first BCS offer on Thursday from Iowa State.
"They offered me right after school," Seonbuchner said. "A couple days ago our defensive line coach said when I get home to look up Iowa State, I might be getting a call from them. [Thursday] he said 'I have someone who wants to talk to you,' and when I got on the phone it was the head coach from Iowa State. To talk to a head coach of a Big 12 program, that was really exciting."
Seonbuchner said the Cyclones also offered his teammate, defensive end Billy Hirschfeld, on Thursday. Paul Rhoads invited Seonbuchner down for a junior day in Ames on March 30, and he plans to make that trip with Hirschfeld and possibly teammates Matt Seitz and Tom Kirsch.
Earlier this week when his defensive line coach recommended he research Iowa State was the first Seonbuchner was able to grasp the scope of the Cyclone's program.
"I had no idea they were in the Big 12," he said. "I looked it up and saw they played Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and that really caught my eye."
The offer from Iowa State is the second of the process for Seonbuchner. He grabbed offer No. 1 from Ball State.
"Last Monday I went there for a visit," Seonbuchner said. "I liked that too. The campus is nice and I really like the coaching staff."
The process is still young from Seonbuchner, and he has started to hear from schools like Illinois State and North Dakota State as well. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior is projected to be an athletic coverage linebacker at the next level.
"Ball State said I would play a Will linebacker," Seonbuchner said. "Coach Rhoads said I could play the outside linebacker position and maybe even the nickel."