Carson Hinzman visited Iowa Football officially last weekend wanting to feel like he was welcomed instead of his presence being like work for his Hawkeye host. Matching up with junior center Tyler Linderbaum assured that would be the case.
"He was awesome," Hinzman told HN. "He’s just such a dude. I say that because obviously he’s going to be a future first-round draft pick, but you would never know that because he’s humble and just a cool guy to be around. The biggest thing for me on visits is having a player host that’s engaging and wants to hang out with you, and not see you as just a chore. He was such dude."
Schools like Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State have reportedly offered Hinzman (6-5, 280) scholarships as has home-state Wisconsin. Iowa jumped in early with the Hammond (WI) St. Croix Central offensive lineman and made a good impression on his official.
"The aspect I liked most was definitely hanging with the players because they have such a good bond with other athletes, which I thought was pretty cool," he said.
When the Hawkeyes began pursuing Hinzman, Tim Polasak was their offensive line coach. He became Wyoming's offensive coordinator this offseason and was replaced by George Barnett.
"I had a good conversation with Coach Barnett. I think he’s an awesome guy. He’s definitely a very methodical person, which is different to see in a coach, so that’s cool," said Hinzman, who Iowa projects at center.
The Hawkeyes didn't focus all on football. He received a presentation on his schooling.
"We got to talk with an academic advisor on the different paths you could take to do certain majors, which I thought was pretty cool," Hinzman said.
Ohio State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin also played host to him on official visits in June. In addition, he unofficially visited the Badgers last month.
With the dead period starting up Monday, Hinzman is thinking about his decision.
"Hopefully I can make it soon. I’d like to get it done sometime before my senior season, but we’ll see," he said.
Rivals ranks him as a four-star prospect and the No. 1 center in the country for '22.
Here's a look at Hinzman's junior film: