Q: Dave, have you narrowed your list at all?
A: "Well, I have 14 offers, and haven't ruled out
anybody, yet, but I do currently have five teams that
stand out. Those schools are Wisconsin, Michigan,
Iowa, West Virginia, and Northwestern. Arizona State
is the only school that has offered me that I've yet
to visit so I'm going to visit there before school
starts, and if I receive any new offers, I'd still be
willing to visit those schools."
Q: Any schools that you are aware of that could
be offering early in the fall?
A: "I haven't heard from anyone really other than
the schools on my list so I don't know."
Q: You attended Notre Dame's camp, what is the
situation with them?
A: "I'm not going to be getting an offer from them.
I don't think I'm tall enough."
Q: When is the last time you spoke with each of
the five schools that currently stand out on your
A: "I spoke with Coach (Andy) Moeller from Michigan
today. I was supposed to call Coach (Lester) Erb at
Iowa today, but couldn't get a hold of him. I spoke to
Wisconsin earlier this week, as well, as West
Virginia. I spoke to Coach (Pat) Fitzgerald at
Northwestern after he was named the head coach and got
on the phone with all the recruits."
Q: Four of your current five teams are from the
Big Ten Conference with the exception being West
Virginia. That isn't even a Midwest school so tell me
why the flirtation with the Mountaineers?
A: "They have as good of a strength program as I've
seen. I spoke with their strength coach for an hour,
and he was amazing. I like all of their coaches from
the head coach to my offensive line coach to my
recruiting coach to the strength coach. I spoke to
some of their players, and they said the school is
great and the fans are great. Even when I spoke with
Joe Thomas from Wisconsin, he told me that West
Virginia had the loudest stadium he's ever played in."
Q: Tell me about your current interest in
A: "They also have an amazing strength coach, who
is also a great guy. I get along with the o-line coach
well, and he has a lot of NFL experience, and the NFL
is where I want to play. I got to speak to Joe Thomas
and he had a lot of great things to say about
Wisconsin. I also spoke with Coach (Bret) Bielema, and
even though there is a question mark with him, I feel
he is going to do something good there. It's not like
he is on his own his first year, either, as he has
Barry Alvarez there still."
A: "I went to their camp this summer, and got to
work with my position coach (Andy Moeller) and thought
we worked well together. They have a great history,
and their business program, which I want to major in,
is rated third in the nation, I think. There are a lot
of good of things when talking about Michigan. I'm
taking an unofficial visit up there this Friday for an
A: "They are a really well known school for
offensive lineman, and their strength coach, (Chris)
Doyle, was a former assistant at Wisconsin so he knows
everything they teach up there. Jake Christensen's
father was my football coach in grade school and he's
always telling me great things about Iowa. I like
their o-line coach and they have a great head coach in
A: "They have the best education possible, and it
is a great school overall. Coach Fitzgerald was my
recruiting coach before he was named head coach so I
know him real well. Their o-line coach is a great guy,
and I think they are going to have an ok football
season this year."
Q: Have you set a timetable for your
A: "I just recently spoke to my father about this,
and the more we thought about it, the better it
sounded to push back my decision. There is still a
possibility I could decide before the season, but more
than likely, I'm going to wait into the fall."
Q: What is your main criteria going to be in
making your decision?
A: "Basically everything; I want the total package.
I'm going to look at how each part of the team and
Q: "Does one school seem to fit your total
package better than others right now?
A: "No. Everything is real confusing right now
because those five schools I listed are all pretty
Q: Tell me has the recruiting process been what
A: "It's basically been what I thought it'd be, but
it is getting old dealing with all the people, text
messaging, and stuff. I just want to get it over and play
What is the craziest thing you've dealt with in
A: "It's pretty weird when you have a buddy, like I
did, take a visit to Indiana and all he was wearing
was Lemont shorts, and somebody came up and asked him
if he knew Dave Molk. That's weird. Really, it is the
players that tell me all the crazy stuff. I had one
guy tell me how a model saw him on the internet, and
contacted him and stuff."
Q: Any misconceptions regarding yourself you'd
like to put to rest whether it be football, personal,
A: "My whole life is football so it doesn't go much
further than that, but I know one article had me
talking about the previous centers at Lemont being
"fat and slow" and that isn't what I said. I didn't
criticize my former teammates; it was taken out of
Q: Lastly, tell me your goals for your upcoming
A: "I want to win a state championship, and by
keeping my recruitment open, I want to help some of my
teammates get recognized. I'm a team captain so I want
to do everything in my power to make sure everyone is
getting better. I want to keep perfecting everything
as an offensive lineman with my footwork, keeping low,
pass blocking, and run blocking."
HN Recruiting Analyst Josh Clark caught up with
Lemont, Illinois offensive lineman Dave Molk to offer
this in-depth Q&A exclusive to Hawkeye Nation
subscribers. Molk not only details his entire
recruitment this spring and summer, but also lists his
current top five schools, which includes Iowa.