While Bo Bower faces a tough decision, the Class of 2013 linebacker feels fortunate for his choices.
Northern Iowa is offering Bower a full-ride scholarship. Iowa is extending an opportunity to him as a preferred walk-on.
"The coaches at Iowa and UNI are awesome," Bower said. "Both schools are great. You can't go wrong."
Bower officially visited Iowa this weekend.
"I'm still committed to UNI," he said. "The visit to Iowa really opened my eyes about how their walk-on program has been and how it will remain important to their success. I talked to other walk-ons."
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Bower has watched walk-ons succeed at Iowa from close by. He grew up less than a half hour from Kinnick Stadium in West Branch, Iowa.
"We talked about playing linebacker there and what that's like," Bower said. "I talked to (Iowa linebackers coach) LeVar Woods a lot this weekend. He really wants me to come there.
"I haven't made a decision yet. I will shortly. I will talk to my family throughout the week and we'll see what goes on."
While it won't be the only part of his decision, getting his schooling paid for by UNI is a factor, Bower said.
"Having money right there means something," he said. "It's huge. I am blessed enough to have my family who has worked their tails off. They planned on me not having a scholarship so I have money there to go to college. I want to pay my family back for all they've done for me. That's one of the reasons I would want to take the scholarship."
Bower, who is leaning towards a business major in college, considered playing baseball after high school. Iowa and Indiana State were among the programs showing interest. He decided that football was the route he wanted to take.
"I just want to find the best fit for me for the next five years and then for what I want to do after football," Bower said.
Bower believes he can add 15-20 pounds to his frame in college without compromising any of his speed or quickness. Iowa and UNI like him at outside linebacker, but the latter thinks he could turn into a middle man.
"UNI is awesome," Bower said. "My mom went to UNI. She loved it. I have some friends up there. They all love it, too. The coaches are amazing."