This past weekend's stop at Iowa was a visit and walk down memory lane for Tyler Gant. His late, great uncle, Thomas Woodland, played defensive tackle for the Hawkeyes during the late 1970s.
"My uncle is someone who helped spark my passion for football growing up," Gant told HN.
That connection made Tuesday's news that Iowa was offering a scholarship even more special.
"It was great. Iowa is a highly-respected program in the Big Ten Conference and is a team that has been successful for a long time while producing a lot of amazing football players," Gant said.
The Class of 2023 prospect earned the scholarship with his performance at Saturday's camp. Iowa State, Wisconsin and Kentucky also have reportedly offered the 6-foot-3, 265-pound lineman.
"My camp experience started with a tour of some of the facilities then continued into the football camp and practice. My favorite thing about the camp is how alive and competitive it was the entire time," he said.
Gant worked with Iowa defensive line coaches Kelvin Bell and Jay Niemann during the camp. They saw somebody that they believed in.
"The coaches at Iowa thought I would be a good fit because I am coachable and I fit the playing style of their defensive line. Iowa likes D-Linemen that disrupt the backfield and cause chaos, and they believe I can do that," he said.
Academics will be a big part of Gant's decision on where to go to college.
"I would like to study Robotics and Mechanical Engineering," he said.
247Sports ranks Gant as a three-star prospect, the No. 10 player overall in Missouri for the '23 Class and the No. 51 defensive lineman nationally in the cycle.
Here's a look at Gant's sophomore highlights: