If there is one thing the Scout.com All-American Combine proved in Iowa City this past Saturday: athletes DO exist in the state of Iowa.
While Des Moines Lincoln's Jordan Bernstine stole the show with his elecrifying times and aerial display, Humboldt's Cody Hundertmark proved Iowa does not lack size when referring to athleticism.
Measured at six-foot-three, 265-pounds, Hundertmark ran a 4.78 forty-yard dash, followed up by times of 4.66 and 8.00 in the twenty yard shuttle and 3-cone drill, respectively. He also posted a 31' vertical and 9-3 broad jump.
Hundertmark proved he was not just a product of great testing numbers during one-on-drills. Going up against several of the midwest's finest offensive line prospects, Hundertmark more than held his own.
As also proven on tape, Hundertmark had one of the more, if not the most, impressive motors on display. He competed with great physicalness, and did not get down on himself. He did what was asked, and that was to compete.
He was a favorite of Scout.com East Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfals, who worked with the defensive lineman at the combine. Lichtenfals was asked whether he felt Hundertmark could be given a shot at defensive end.
"Without a doubt, he has a great motor, and a tremendous base," Lichtenfals stated. "He is athletic and fast enough to play the edge and has the frame to grow into a 3-techinique, if he is asked."
He entered the combine with no scholarship offers. Fifteen minutes did not pass after the completion of the combine until his first offer was extended by Iowa State Head Coach Dan McCarney, who was in attendance at the combine.
"Coach McCarney told me I proved I was more athletic and faster, and even weighed more, than what they felt they saw on film," Hundertmark told Scout.com.
"He didn't say it in a bad way, either, as he told me I was a pretty serious target on their list, anyway, but I really proved myself at the combine. He said I reminded him of Jordan Carstens, which was a great compliment considering he is playing in the pro's."
There is a good comfort level currently between Hundertmark and the Cyclones.
"I've received the most interest from Iowa State, to this point, so I'd say I'm most comfortable with their coaches. I really like their coaches. From Coach (Tony) Alford, who is the one recruiting me and sent me a text after the combine to call Coach McCarney, to Coach (Mike) Nelson, their defensive line coach," Hundertmark stated.
The Iowa Hawkeyes may certainly follow suit, although, they could still await to see Hundertmark in camp.
"Iowa has a really good program, and there coaches are nice. I like their defensive line coach. They've been recruiting me early, ever since the 9th grade, and I have a good feel having been out there a lot. I feel I could fit in there. The program has great tradition, and it is an exciting atmosphere," Hundertmark stated.
Those who feel a Hawkeye offer would make them the favorite, to quote Lee Corso, not so fast.
"I'm not leaning towards either in-state school, right now. I just feel fortunate to know there are two great programs in this state. I still don't know if Iowa will offer, and I've built more of a relationship with the Iowa State coaches this spring."
Hundertmark was not the only Humboldt native to impress at the combine. Linebacker Tyler Nielsen, who measured in at six-foot-three and a half, 200-pounds, was timed at 4.5 in the forty-yard dash. He recorded times of 4.22 and 7.16 in the twenty yard shuttle and 3-cone drill. He also recorded a 37' vertical, and 10-3 broad jump.
Nielsen may not be far away from receiving his first offer, either. He will need to add size and strength, which should not be a fear to any college program.
Both were very grateful for the opporunity the combine presented them, and certainly we were very pleased to host them as a company.
The timing could have not been better for prospects across the midwest, and within the state of Iowa, this past Saturday as the May evaluation period has kicked into full effect. Without question, Cody Hundertmark and Tyler Nielsen put Humboldt, Iowa on the map for many college recruiters.