Show Trevor Lauck the steak. The Indiana offensive lineman isn't much interested in the sizzle.
That's one of the reason's Sunday's Iowa Football visit stood out to him. Another was receiving a scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes.
"Honestly, it was just a little bit different than the rest of the places I've been to," Lauck told HN. "A lot of these places are all flashy and stuff. I feel like Iowa is straight to the business.
"They don't have all these uniforms. They have a home uniform and an away uniform. I like that about them. And they talk about the development part. They don't care about stars. They get the kids that they want and develop them into the best they can be."
Notre Dame, Ohio State, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State and others have played host to the Indianapolis Roncalli High junior-to-be. The home-state Hoosiers, Spartans, Rutgers, Kentucky, Purdue and more have reportedly offered him scholarships.
The Hawkeye opportunity came during the program's recruiting tailgate on Sunday. Lauck and his father received the news when they went into head coach Kirk Ferentz's office at the end of the event.
"It came after we talked for about 20 minutes. I didn't really expect an offer so I was super excited. He said they liked how I played and knew I was serious about them when I made the five and a half hour drive up there," Lauck said.
Iowa offensive line coach George Barnett has been connecting with him. That relationship took a step forward on Sunday.
"In person he was a super cool, down-to-earth guy," Lauck said. "He'll be nice and friendly off the field, but he's going to train you hard and get the best out of you on it."
The Hawkeye scheme fits Lauck (6-6, 287).
"They like quick, fast, athletic offensive linemen. They don't want big, huge guys that can't move. One of my strengths is being able to get out and move for a guy my size," he said.
Lauck plans on returning to Iowa for a game this fall. He still feels like he's early in his recruiting process.
"I'm just trying to talk to as many people as possible and see as many schools as I can. Hopefully by next year I can add some more offers and trim my list down to five or so schools, take my official visits and then make a decision after that," he said.
Academics are important at Roncalli. They will play an important roll in his final decision.
"I'm looking towards the Business area. We did learn about academics when we were (at Iowa). We went to the academic center. It seemed you could get any help you need there," Lauck said.
He could see his list of opportunities expand soon. A major college football power is interested.
"The main one of the moment is probably Ohio State. I went up there in mid June (for a camp) and I feel like I had a really good day there. I talked to coach (Ryan) Day and I think I'm going to head back up there later this week," Lauck said.
Rivals has not yet ranked Lauck. 247Sports shows him as a three-star prospect and the No. 20 offensive tackle nationally in the '23 Class.