Iowa is hoping their strong 2009 campaign can translate into success on the recruiting trails with this current crop of high school juniors.
The Hawkeyes believe they have identified a quality prospect that would be a great fit in their offense in Marcus Grant, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound athlete from Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy.
Iowa extended an offer to Grant on Wednesday, and that's big news for the Massachusetts prospect.
"They offered me yesterday morning," Grant confirmed on Thursday. "I was expecting it. My coaches have been in contact with them and they told me they were real interested. I guess once they saw my film they decided to pull the trigger on the offer.
"I don't really know too much about the school. Being a native of Massachusetts you don't really hear too much about Iowa. I like what I've heard and seen from the coaches and the stuff they've sent me. It's all real appealing."
Grant said one of Iowa's coaches recently e-mailed him, and Grant gave him a call last night.
"We talked for a while about what position he sees me at for them," he explained. "They see me as a wide receiver. We just talked about the school and different stuff about Iowa. They want to get me out there this summer. I'm going to try to but I've got to see about our financial situation.
"I'll talk to my coach about my summer plans. I would really like to make it out there."
UConn was the first school to offer Grant, and that scholarship came in about a month ago. The Huskies appear to be a serious factor.
"I like UConn a lot," he said. "I actually have a pretty good relationship with their coaches through e-mail. They were recruiting one of our seniors so they've been up here a lot. I've grown to like them a lot. It's a real good school, it's close to home and it's a good program."
Grant said his coach has also been hearing from Maryland, Syracuse, Rutgers, NC State and Boston College. Today someone from Florida apparently expressed interest.
"From what I've heard there are supposed to be a lot more (schools) coming soon," Grant noted.
Grant hopes to visit UConn within the next couple of weeks, as he will have some time off from school. He recently attended a junior day at Boston College.
"That was real good," he said of the trip to BC. "It was real well organized and put together. I've been up there a lot since my father went there. I really enjoyed it, just talking to the coaches."