Next in Line: LB Coal Flansburg Latest Solon Standout on Rise

March 7, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

Solon has been good to the Hawkeyes this decade. The bedroom community, sitting a short ride up Highway 1, has sent talent Iowa’s way.

It started with all-Big Ten linebacker James Morris, continued with kicker Marshall Koehn, and included tight end Jacob Coons and defensive tackle Tyler Linderbaum. The latter two signed on during the last two recruiting cycles.

Linebacker Coal Flansburg could make it three in a row. The junior linebacker has the eye of Iowa and others.

Iowa State became the first school to offer him a scholarship when it came forward at the end of January. He visited Iowa for junior day on Sunday.

“What stood out to me was just the amount on talking by coach (Kelvin) Bell and coach (Kirk) Ferentz, who hadn’t previously talked to us that much at game day visits,” Flansburg said.

He felt a better connection after the recent campus stop. He continued building a relationship with Reese Morgan, who recruits the state for the Hawkeyes, and position coach Seth Wallace.

“I mostly spoke with coach Morgan. We spoke about how school and track are going,” Flansburg said. “I like coach Wallace a lot as a coach. He really knows his stuff and is a very good teacher of the game.”

Iowa hasn’t tipped its hand on a potential scholarship for him. The multiple campus visit invites, including the one to junior day, have shown him there’s mutual interest.

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“Honestly, I don’t really know where I stand in terms of chances of an offer. But, obviously, I’m very hopeful an opportunity there arises for me,” Flansburg said.

Living 10 miles from Iowa City, it makes sense that he’s followed the Hawkeyes.

“I grew up a fan of Iowa going to almost every single home game as a kid,” he said.

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Flansburg (6-2, 230) recorded 42 tackles (5 for loss) and two sacks as a junior. He added three interceptions, including two he returned for touchdowns. As a short-yardage back, he carried the ball 21 times for 69 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 247 network ranks Flansburg as a three-star prospect and the No. 54 inside linebacker nationally in the 2019 Class. Rivals rates him as a two-star.

The Cyclones are building a good relationship with him. He’s also hearing from Northern Iowa and North Dakota State, two strong FCS programs.

“Things are going very well with Iowa State. I love the coaching staff and the opportunity there for me,” Flansburg said.

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Iowa and Iowa State will play host to him at summer camps. He looks forward to on-field work with those staffs. He also will be attending similar events at schools outside the borders.

Flansburg is planning on majoring in Architecture when he gets to college. He said that could change, however.

Here’s a look at his junior highlights:

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