Fla. OL Michael Myslinski Picks Iowa Football, Talks Commitment

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Just a matter of weeks ago, Florida offensive line recruit Michael Myslinski thought he was going to play his college football for Texas and head coach Tom Herman. 

Of course much has changed since, with Herman since dismissed and the Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny trench talent back on the open recruiting market since mid-December. Even before the Longhorn pledge was for naught, Iowa and Michigan State remained in steady contact with the interior offensive line projection. 

On Saturday afternoon, Myslinski took a big step towards the end of his recruitment with a decision between the Big Ten programs, announcing a verbal commitment to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

“I’m going to Iowa,” he told SI All-American.

The Floridian adds to a Hawkeye class already ranked in the top 25 per SIAA, solidifying one of the top offensive line hauls of any program in the class of 2021 recruiting cycle. 

“The coaches do an amazing job and to be able to learn under Tyler Linderbaum for a year is a great opportunity,” Myslinski said. “Coach (Kirk) Ferentz, coach (Tim) Polasek, coach (Derrick) Foster, coach (Tyler) Barnes — all of them just really cared about me and recruited me hard the entire time.

“I really see myself there. They told me about the opportunity I have to come learn under some great O-linemen.”

Myslinski, listed at 6-foot-2, 285 pounds, is the fifth offensive line recruit to commit to Iowa in an 18-man class. He is the first from the Sunshine State despite coming off of an injury-shortened 2020 prep season. 

Tom Myslinski, who played in the National Football League for nearly a decade and has considerable strength and conditioning coaching experience in the league, is Michael’s father. 

Iowa finished 6-2 in 2020 and ranked No. 16 in the final AP poll of the season. Ferentz and company signed 17 prospects in the December signing period. Myslinski will sign with the program over Michigan State during the traditional signing period, opening February 3. 

Verbal commitments are non-binding until a National Letter of Intent is signed. 

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