Ryan Jostes performed in front of the Iowa coaches during at a Hawkeye camp in June. They liked what they saw and invited him back for Sunday’s annual recruiting tailgater.
The Washington (MO) tight end/offensive lineman took them up on the opportunity.
“I decided to visit Iowa because I like their program and want to keep growing my relationship with the coaches,” Jostes told HF. “Also, a lot of my family and high school coaches recommend Iowa because they are a developmental program.”
Jostes enjoyed his Iowa camp experience. The tailgater gave him a chance to talk more with coaches in a relaxed environment. That included offensive line coach George Barnett.
“I got to see all of the facilities, the learning center, game-day locker room, the field and position meeting rooms. I liked being able to have one-on-one time with coach Barnett to learn more about Iowa,” he said.
Some schools see Jostes (6-6, 260) as a tight end. Iowa projects him on the offensive line.
“I talked with coach Barnett the most during the visit. I really like how much he takes care of his players and focuses on getting better not only at football but as a person, too,” Jostes said.
Jostes has visited Missouri three times, and Kansas, Kansas State and Ball State one time apiece. He’s also heard from USC, Virginia Tech and others.
He’s excited to learn more about Iowa and continue building his relationship with the Hawkeyes. That could include another campus stop in the near future.
“I plan on visiting again this fall during a game, but I’m not sure what date yet. I’m looking forward to the game-day experience and watching how Iowa plays,” he said.