Messiah Blair has yet to visit Kinnick Stadium. He has felt the excitement of Iowa Football’s home venue through his TV, however.
“One thing I can say I like about watching Iowa football is the fans and the energy they have when the team plays,” the Class of 2023 Detroit King defensive lineman told HF.
The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Blair enjoyed a prosperous Thursday. He picked up scholarship offers from Iowa, Purdue, Cincinnati, Kent State and Western Michigan. He reported previous opportunities from Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Toledo and others. He’s visited Michigan State and Northern Illinois.
Blair brings to mind former Iowa defensive end Chauncey Golston, a tall, athletic edge, who joined the Hawkeyes from Detroit East English Village in the ’16 recruiting class. He’s a rookie with the Dallas Cowboys.
Golston also reported offers from Cincinnati and Western Michigan coming out of high school. He developed into an All-Big Ten player at Iowa.
“Coach (Kelvin) Bell, (Iowa’s) defensive line coach is recruiting me. He says I remind him of previous players he coached,” Blair said.
“I think coach Bell is a great coach, and outside of football, a great guy. He keeps everything legit with me.”
With interest in Blair picking up, he’s digging in, researching programs. That will include checking them out in person.
“I want to learn a lot more about Iowa, such as historical facts. I will visit in the future,” he said.
Blair plans on majoring in Medical Engineering when he gets to college. Academics are a key component in his recruitment.
247 Sports ranks Blair as a three-star prospect. The recruiting service sees him as the No. 59 edge rusher nationally in the ’23 class and the 17th best player overall in Michigan for the cycle.