Following my visit to BC, I immediately made my way to Iowa City for another fun-packed weekend. Getting a chance to experience Iowa city once again was definitely a pleasant experience, especially since i got to be part of a captivating game-day experience as well. I’m just going to come right out and say it, that was definitely the most impressive part of this visit. My hat goes off to the thousands of Iowa Hawk-eye fans out there. You truly are great lol. Now lets get down to the business part of this visit.
Campus: To be honest, not one of the most impressive campuses I’ve been on, but a plus about this campus is that everything is not too far away. A lot of kids can actually gt around by walking/biking/or the more popular mopeding around Iowa city. The buildings aren’t too old, but they aren’t exactly super new either. The dorms weren’t my favorite either. The overall setup of the dorming situation was nice, but the actual dormitory rooms were a little suspect. But then again, I’m sure the dorms are what you make of them.
Academics: The academics are all out there for you to observe on your own. They definitely are not a terrible academic school (ranked 71st in the country), but considering the other schools I have on my list, they are obviously not the best when making head-head comparisons. However, I do like the support system that Iowa has in place. Unlike other places I’ve been to, they’re academic center is very vibrant and actually seemed alive when i visited. It’s always encouraging to know that the students and teachers are actively pursuing the goal of maximizing a students time at the University of Iowa.
Coaches: Another one of the greatest assets to this schools football program. They’ve all been together for about 13 years and have proven time and time again that they can win games. There isn’t much more you can ask for out of a coaching staff. They take care of their players and more overly,they are all upfront and honest about everything. I don’t know about other recruits, but that’s all i can ask for from a coach at any given time.
Players/Community: The players here are great, they are all great kids, and made me feel welcome during my entire visit. It is obvious that they are all tightly-knit though. It would have been nice to see some of the players go their own ways and interact with more members of the community aside from the night life. Most people would consider the fact that the players spend a majority of their time together as a plus, and a good “team-building” tool, but I personally believe that making friends out of football would be beneficial to the players. As for the community, they just love you. It seems like all of Iowa city knows who you are in Iowa city, so you essentially are the stars of Iowa city.
Football: It’s no secret that Iowa is graduating some key linemen this year, and those linemen are most likely going to end up getting drafted. So this leaves a space open for one of the incoming freshman linemen to play right away. Now I’m not saying that I am ready to play right away, because I honestly don’t know if I am. I’m still a very young student of the game, and unlike many recruits, I realize this and accept this. But on the flip side, I want to do whatever it is that is going to make me the best player possible, so if that means possibly playing early, then I’m certainly all for it.
Just like I said in the last post, there really isn’t a top 3 as of yet, but be assured that one will be soon to pop up asap.