Marshalltown senior Tyler Kluver grew up an Iowa Hawkeye and has always had a dream to one day don the black and gold.
He made that dream a reality on Tuesday when the all-state linebacker picked the Hawkeyes over the Cylcones. He will eventually join the Hawkeyes as a long snapper.
"It was a dream for me to play Division I football and more specifically to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes," Kluver said. "You can't get a better guy than Kirk Ferentz and I cannot believe I am going to play for him next year."
Kluver plans to redshirt his freshman year as the Hawkeyes' current long snapper - Casey Kreiter - has one year of eligibilty left after this season. Kluver will start as a preferred walk-on but said the Hawkeyes are planning to give him Kreiter's scholarship when he graduates in 2014.
"He liked the way Iowa recruited him," MHS offensive line coach and Tyler's dad Todd Kluver said. "They brought him down there in August and the need for them at long snapper is there with the 2013 class."
Tyler Kluver said a lot of things factored into his decision of picking Iowa over Iowa State. He also had plenty of interest from Minnesota, North Texas and Wyoming and also was being talked to by Auburn.
"Both Iowa and Iowa State are in good locations, so that really didn't factor into the decision," Tyler Kluver said. "Iowa State had a similar opportunity but I would have had to sit for two years. The same went for Minnesota."
Tyler Kluver is ranked as the No. 2 long snapper in the nation by kohlskicking.com and No. 4 in the country by ESPN.com. He also was selected this summer to play in the Under Armour All-American Game in January. That game will be played in Florida and Tyler Kluver is only the second Iowa high school athlete to play in the game. The other athlete to play in the game is current Iowa wide receiver Keenan Davis.
Despite making his decision and picking the Hawkeyes, Kluver will still take a visit to Minnesota this weekend. He had spent the past two weekends in Iowa City attending the Iowa-Iowa State and Iowa-Northern Iowa games. He plans on returning to Iowa City for another game and another unofficial visit when the Hawkeyes take on Purdue later this year.
"I am going to Minnesota this weekend because we already set that visit up before I picked the Hawkeyes," Kluver said. "That visit isn't going to change my mind though."
Knowing that he is going to redshirt next season, Kluver plans to settle into the program and get comfortable with college football.
"I have gotten the chance to meet Casey Kreiter, and he is a great guy and a great leader," Kluver said. "It'll be fun working with him when I get there. Maybe he can teach me a few things, and maybe I can teach him a few things."
When Kluver plays for Marshalltown, he starts at linebacker on defense and sometimes gets into the game as a fullback on offense. When he plays for the Hawkeyes, he will have one job.
"It'll be different, and I am sure I am going to miss playing linebacker, but I wanted to play Division I football and being a long snapper is how I can make that happen," Kluver said.
Todd Kluver said not playing on defense may be tough for his son, but it is something you have to sacrifice if you want to get to that level.
"It'll be an adjustment for him I am sure," Todd Kluver said. "He won't get to play every down, but it is a skill that has to be perfected."
The Under Armour All-American Game will be Jan. 4, 2013, in Florida.
Before that though, Kluver will finish his high school football season with the Bobcats, who are currently 3-2 and host Ottumwa on Friday night.