If Tyler Elsbury wants to know what it’s like to be an Iowa football player, he has a great resource. Sean Considine, a former Hawkeye and NFL safety, serves as one of his assistant coaches.

Considine played at Byron (IL) High, where Elsbury is heading into his junior season. They visited Kinnick Stadium for games last season.

The relationship took another step forward on Sunday when Elsbury visited campus for the program’s annual recruiting tailgate.

“What stood out to me was getting to see the campus because that’s the only part of Iowa I haven’t seen. Also, it was nice to walk around and talk with coaches and other prospects,” he told HN.

Elsbury (6-5, 300) spoke mostly with head coach Kirk Ferentz and Tim Polasek, the offensive line coach.

“They told me I would be a great fit because of the type of football I play and my ability. They

  • also like the person I am off the field,” he said.

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    He likes the up-front approach by the Hawkeye staff.

    “The coaches are very transparent and set in their coaching style. They will say if you don’t like something and if they aren’t the fit for you. They are very good at keeping you updated on where you are on their list of recruits and what they want you for,” Ellsbury said

    He left town with a leader in his mind.

    “Iowa stands as No. 1 on my list right now because of the connection we’ve made and the fit for me. But it’s early in the recruiting game.”

    Elsbury said Purdue (offered) is a close second to the Hawkeyes. He’s also interested in Missouri and Wisconsin, and has an offer from Northern Illinois.

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    “My next visits will be me going to games and watching and meeting with coaches and getting a feel for the town on game day,” Elsbury said.

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