Kyle Markway has heard from his uncle about what it's like to play at Iowa. The 2015 Saint Louis tight end took another step in finding out if the Hawkeyes were right for him with a visit to the school this weekend.
"When I was down there walking around the city and going to some restaurants the people in Iowa city are just so nice," Markway said. "Also, the coaching staff are all funny and joke around with each other. They are easy to hang out with."
Iowa offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Markway in early June. His uncle, Matt Markway, played on the Hawkeyes' offensive line in the late '90s.
Kyle Markway camped with Iowa shortly after receiving his offer last month. This weekend he saw more of the school, including the academic side of things.
"It has many choices for me to major in and playing at Iowa they really care about your academics and won't let to you slip into a hole with your grades," Markway said. "I haven't really looked into any majors yet. I definitely want to do something related with sports."
Iowa boasts a reputation for developing tight ends, many of whom end up in professional football. That history sticks out to Markway.
"Their main package for their offense is double tight ends, so that means they utilize their tight ends a lot which would help me," he said.
"He just said he loves it there," Markway said. "He said he will get some time this year because of all the tight end packages they use and really has fun with the tight ends around him and the tight ends coach."
D.J. Hernandez, a graduate assistant, enters his first season tutoring Iowa's tight ends.
"I like him a lot," Markway said. "Being a young coach, he is very energetic and has a good time with players. That's part of why I like Iowa so much."
While Iowa has made a strong early impression on Markway, he's taking things slow with his recruitment. He plans on committing to a school sometime during his senior season.
Iowa and Indiana have extended scholarship offers to the Kirkwood (MO) St. John Vianney High product, he said. He added that Tennessee and Missouri also have shown a great deal of interest in him and Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan State, Kansas State and Kentucky are recruiting him steadily.
In addition to Iowa, Markway has visited Tennessee and Missouri. He has scheduled a trip to Indiana in August.
"I want to take a look at all the schools that are interested and make sure the choice I make is the right one and one that I will be happy with," Markway said.
Markway said that he would like to attend a college no more than an eight-hour drive from Saint Louis. Stability in the coaching staff, a quality strength and conditioning program and a system that utilizes the tight end also will be important factors in his decision, he said.