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MHS LB Tyler Kluver will play collegiately at Iowa
September 18, 2012 - Andy Heintz
Marshalltown senior linebacker Tyler Kluver has decided where he will play football collegiately next season.
And the all-stater chose the University of Iowa and will be playing for the Hawkeyes as a long snapper. The opportunity to play at Iowa will eventually involve a scholarship but he will begin his career as a preferred walk-on.
Kluver chose the Hawkeyes over Iowa State, Minnesota, Wyoming and North Texas. According to Kluver's father Todd, Auburn also had some interest.
"He likes the way the Iowa coaches recruited him," Todd Kluver said. "They brought him down in August and are basically telling him that they want him to be there long snapper after Casey Kreiter graduates. And Iowa will have a need there in recruiting for 2013."
I have a phone call out to Marshalltown head football coach David Holdiman and will update this story when he gets back to me. I also will talk to Tyler Kluver tonight at the Marshalltown volleyball match as the Bobcats host Southeast Polk at 7:30 p.m.
Casey Kreiter is the current long snapper at Iowa and has one more year of eligibility next season. The coaching staff generally gives out one scholarship to each of their specialist positions, so after sitting out next season, Kluver should be in line to take Kreiter's scholarship when he leaves Iowa in 2014.
Kluver is an all-state linebacker for the Bobcats and once again is leading the defense this season. He also was chosen this summer to play in the Under Armour All-American Game in January. He will be the long snapper for one of the squads who will play their game in Florida on January 4. The only other Iowa high school football player to ever play in the Under Armour All-American Game was current Hawkeye wide receiver Keenan Davis.
Kluver is ranked as the 2nd best long snapper in the nation by kohlskicking.com and No. 4 by ESPN.com. Kluver attended the 2012 National Scholarship Camp back in late July and earned first place.
"It will be an adjustment for Tyler to not be able to be on the field all the time, but as a long snapper, you really have to master your craft and its a skill that needs to be perfected," Todd Kluver said.
The Bobcats are currently 3-2 in 2012 and will play host to Ottumwa on Friday night.
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