Blum, Kanellis stand out in Iowa

Originally Published: August 2, 2004
By Tom Lemming | Special to ESPN Insider
Editor's note: Look for Tom Lemming's 2004 Recruiting Road Trip reports every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The states of Iowa and Kansas are not known for producing an abundance of blue-chip football stars. In an average year, there are normally six to 12 prospects in Iowa and a few less and Kansas. During this year's trip, I found at least four Division I prospects in western Iowa and another eight to 10 around the rest of the state. However, I encountered only a few Division I-type players in Kansas.

A tight end and a defensive end are clearly a cut above the rest of the players in Iowa. TE Tyler Blum (6-6, 240) from Walnut caught 19 passes for 563 yards and averaged an eye-popping 29 yards per catch last season. This super athlete won the 215 lb. wrestling championship in his division and is the most recruited player in the state. Blum committed to Iowa.