The last five days have greatly accelerated the recruitment of Carmel, Ind., class of 2013 linebacker John Kenny after the 6-2, 210-pound prospect added his first two scholarship offers from a pair of BCS schools.
"My first offer was from Arizona," Kenny said. "I called Coach [Jeff] Casteel on Friday after school and he offered me then. To get that first offer was amazing. It's a dream come true to play college football.
"Then, yesterday after school my coach told me to call Coach [Eric] Johnson from Iowa and they offered me. That was exciting because I have always been a Big Ten fan, so getting that first Big Ten offer was really cool.
Getting the first offer is always a big deal for any college football prospect, but Arizona was a team Kenny had specifically had his eye on when the recruiting process started.
"I was really excited to get one from Arizona because that was one of the schools I was going to visit before," Kenny said. "Some of my friends are going there and I thought it would be cool to play football there."
Kenny's conversation with Iowa recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson on Monday allowed the junior standout to learn what the Hawkeyes saw in him and also what that university has to offer.
"He said he liked my speed and thought I had good instincts and fit in their defense pretty well," Kenny said. "He talked about their tradition at linebacker a bunch and how long the coaching staff has been there."
Interest from schools like Boston College, Indiana, Iowa State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Northwestern has also picked up for Kenny in recent days.
Kenny plans to reciprocate the interest by planning several campus visits in the coming months. He will travel to Indiana on Feb. 28, Iowa in the next month and Arizona sometime this spring. He also expects to attend spring practices at Wisconsin and Northwestern.
The interest in Kenny comes after he posted 120 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, eight sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks last fall to earn junior all-state honors.