July 17, 2013

Mends has Iowa on top

After picking up scholarship offers from Iowa and Iowa State in June, Kansas City linebacker Aaron Mends has been hearing a lot from both schools but says one has emerged as a favorite. That is the Iowa Hawkeyes whose coaching staff will have the 6-foot-1, 204-pound Mends back on campus next week for a two day visit.

"I'm visiting Iowa on July 26 and 27," said Mends. "It's an unofficial visit, but they're going to have me doing all of the stuff that I would on an official visit. I'm going to meet with some professors, talk with the players and all of the coaches and everything."

On Mends' last visit to Iowa City, he ran a 4.59 forty and was impressive in drills all day at Iowa's camp, which quickly earned him an offer. Right now, he appears to be the Hawkeyes' top recruiting target at middle linebacker and the coaching staff has clearly made him a priority.

"They love me," Mends said. "They're all over me."

"I've been talking to Coach Reid, Coach Kennedy, Coach Woods, Coach Ferentz, and all of them," he continued. "They're recruiting me the hardest for sure."

At Winnetonka High School, Mends is a star on both sides of the ball for the Griffins, earning all-conference honors at linebacker and running back last season.

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