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Florida Center Michael Myslinski Ecstatic about Iowa Football Offer

March 31, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

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Michael Myslinski’s recruitment is picking up. And it might be ready to take off.

Last week, the Florida center picked up scholarship offers from Iowa and Illinois of the Big Ten. Eight other schools offered scholarships in February, including Maryland and Louisville.

The Hawkeyes have been building a relationship with Myslinski (6-3, 285) for months. What they saw on film convinced them that the junior from Jacksonville (FL) Bishop Kenny High fit well in their program.

“I was ecstatic when Iowa offered me a scholarship,” he told HN. “Iowa is an amazing program and known for producing the best offensive lineman in the country. From talking to all the coaches and talking to other players who’ve committed there, it seems like a real family environment, which is important to me.”

Myslinski has scheduled an Iowa visit for June 19-21 provided in-person recruiting shut down by the coronavirus pandemic is opened back by then. He felt like it would be an official visit.

“This could obviously change depending on how bad or good this virus has gotten,” he said.

Hawkeye assistants Derrick Foster and Tim Polasek are leading the recruitment of Myslinski.

“I’ve gotten to know the coaches very well because they’ve recruited me for some months now. I love all the coaches, and they all really care about their players,” he said.

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Myslinski is keeping in contact with a lot of schools during the pandemic. He’s continuing to build bonds as he navigates the recruiting process.

“I also talk a lot to Louisville, Maryland, Oregon, Illinois, East Carolina, Tulane, UConn, FSU, Wake Forest, FIU, and USF,” he said.

Most of those programs have offered scholarships, including Oregon.

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“One of the most important things to me about choosing a school is finding a place that’s going to help develop me to become a good player, good person and have a good family environment,” Myslinski said.

The pandemic has clouded his decision timeline.

“Because of this coronavirus, I have no idea when I will make my decision,” he said. “”I would like to visit schools before I make my decision.”

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Myslinski squeezed in a Louisville visit on March 2 before the recruiting dead period was invoked because of COVID-19.

Getting a sense for academic side of prospective colleges also ranks as an important piece of the puzzle.

“I will study Exercise Science or Kinesiology. I want to be a strength and conditioning coach like my dad one day after football ends, whenever that is,” he said.

His father, Tom Myslinski, has been the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars for the last six years. He played offensive line at Tennessee before spending nine seasons in the NFL.

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