Bruner started on a state championship team as a sophomore, played for a well-connected coach who has won a lot of games. As the B1G schools visited his school after the season, he was a guy the coach pointed out who would be a B1G recruit.
By August of junior year he was offered by Iowa State and then Iowa. Committed to Iowa early and then as happens so often he was not as good as advertised.
Probably could have eventually been a starter but if he was a bonafide FBS recruit wouldn’t he have seen some action at OLB this fall, especially with Palmborg injury?