WEBSTER CITY - It really wasn't a matter of if, but when. The when came on Friday.
Boone Myers, a 2013 Webster City High School graduate, was put on scholarship on the University of Iowa football team following the conclusion of the team's preseason camp. Myers joined the team last fall as a walk-on and steadily climbed the ladder.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound redshirt freshman offensive lineman was one of only two Hawkeyes to make the leap. Redshirt freshman Bo Bower, a linebacker out of West Branch, also went from a walk-on to a scholarship player.
"It's pretty cool ... it's obviously the optimum for a kid to get that Division I scholarship," WCHS head coach Bob Howard, who coached Myers for four years in high school, said. "We were expecting it at some point with as good a season as he had last year with the scout team and I know (the Iowa coaches) are pretty high on him and his future."
Myers won the weekly Scout Team MVP award several times last fall and was one of the Iowa Team Leader award winners at the team's 2013 banquet.
Myers entered spring practice in March as the No. 2 left tackle behind All-American Brandon Scherff and eventually moved over to left guard. He was the back-up left guard behind fellow redshirt freshman Sean Welsh at the start of preseason camp and that's where he remained on the latest depth chart Iowa released late last week.
The Hawkeyes - a trendy pick to make noise in the Big Ten this season - open the 2014 campaign on Saturday at home against Northern Iowa.
Myers was a tight end and defensive tackle in high school and earned all-district and all-state status. He was selected to play in the 2013 Shrine Bowl where he was named the Defensive MVP of the North Squad after registering two sacks.