Landen Livingston had heard a lot of good things about the University of Iowa and its football program. His aunt, Beth Livingston, has been an assistant professor at the Tippie College of Business for years.
Landen finally saw it with his own eyes this weekend during an official visit with the Hawkeyes. They offered the Leo (IN) High offensive lineman a scholarship back in February.
"It was great to finally get over there. Never in my life had I ever been out there and seen the area. Campus was very nice. It by far exceeded my expectations. I also enjoyed getting to see the Iowa facilities and stadium. You can only see so much through Zoom meetings," he told HN.
The 15-month-long recruiting dead period ended on June 1. Landen also officially visited Purdue, Indiana and Cincinnati this month.
Livingston (6-5, 280) additionally reported Arizona State, Michigan State, Minnesota and West Virginia among his 16 scholarship offers.
"I’ll be making my decision sometime early- to mid-July. I’m really looking forward to it," Livingston said.
Iowa should be among the finalists after an enjoyable official visit. Third-year offensive lineman Nick DeJong played host to Livingston during the stop.
"I really liked getting to know him throughout the weekend. He was a very cool guy who was able to tell me a lot about the program," Livingston said.
He finally got to meet and get to know better new Hawkeye offensive line coach George Barnett.
"Me and my family were able to spend lots of time with coach Barnett. I arrived early on Friday for a meeting with him, and we were able to get to know each other in person. He feels like I’m a great fit for the program and likes how I play," Livingston said.
He feels the same way as his potential position coach.
"I think I would be a great fit for their program. I feel like how I play is similar to what they want in a lineman and fits their gameplay," Livingston said.
He could end up being taught by his Aunt Beth. Livingston is considering a Business major.
"I got to meet with many academic people throughout my visit. I got to sit down at breakfast and talk through what my schedule would look like if I went into the business field. We also went through what interests me and the different sections of the business field. I enjoyed it a lot," he said.
Rivals and 247Sports see Livingston as a three-star prospect. The former rates him as the No. 13 player overall in Indiana for '22. The latter has him as the No. 12 player in his state and the No. 25 interior offensive lineman nationally in his cycle.
Here's a look at Livingston's highlights from a junior season that saw him earn all-state honors: