The best football teams are built from the inside out. That’s as true at Iowa as any other place in the country and head coach Kirk Ferentz has demonstrated over the last two decades he can identify and develop talent along both sides of the line. But what Iowa is truly known for is his prowess on the offensive line.
In the recruiting class of 2021, that skill was put to work early as the Hawkeyes found and recruited a number of high-caliber prospects across the line. They secured four commitments before the early signing period in December, including a trio of 4-star prospects. In most classes, that would have been an absolute haul.
But Iowa wasn’t done. After 3-star Florida center Michael Myslinski chose not to sign with Texas in the early period, the Hawkeye staff made him a priority. Now, less than two months later, they complete their offensive line of the future with the signing of Tyler Linderbaum’s heir-apparent.
OLineU Just Got Better!@MMys1inski #Swarm21 x #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/QVmbYEMHwx— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) February 3, 2021
Myslinski comes to Iowa as one of only two offensive line commits in the class to not earn a 4th star by Rivals and 247 Sports, but frankly that’s criminal. Turning on the film, Myslinski immediately jumps off the screen as an absolute mauler.
As a high school senior, the big fella already has an identical build to Iowa’s All-American center Tyler Linderbaum at 6’3” and 290 pounds. He’s got good feet, excellent athleticism for a lineman (check out the video of him dunking in his commitment post) and a mean streak that shows through as he finished blocks through the whistle with aggression.
As noted, Myslinski is a one-time Texas commit and held offers from more than two dozen programs, including Arkansas, Duke, Florida State, Missouri, Oregon, Virginia Tech and a slew of others. Ultimately, once he decommitted from Texas it came down to Iowa, Maryland and Michigan State with the Hawkeyes coming away with the prize.
Myslinksi is the lone commit from the state of Florida in Iowa’s class of 2021. He joins David Davidkov and Gennings Dunker of Illinois, Beau Stephens of Missouri, as well as Cedar Rapids native Connor Colby as one of five total offensive linemen this the class.
Welcome aboard, officially, Michael Myslinski!