Brookfield (Wisc.) Central defensive end Chikwe Obasih has made prior visits to Iowa, but his trip to Iowa City on Sunday gave the 6-4, 235-pound prospect a chance to spend more time getting to know the Hawkeye's coaching staff.
"I got to meet the new interim d-line coach, so that was good," Obasih said. "I also got to meet with Coach [Chris] Doyle, the strength and conditioning coach, and he's one of the reasons I like [Iowa] so much because he is truthful with us, and you get results.
"Their coach for player development is Nigerian too, so my dad and him talked a lot since my family is from Nigeria. There is comfort there since he will be working with new athletes."
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Obasih also spent time with recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson and area recruiter Lester Erb before sitting down for a long chat with the Hawkeye's head man.
"I actually got to have a one-on-one with Coach [Kirk] Ferentz for the first time," Obasih said. "We talked about family and he told me about his son who is in coaching."
Iowa has yet to extend an offer to Obasih, but that topic was one the Wisconsin native discussed with Ferentz during their chat.
"He said I am a good player and not to get impatient with the recruiting process," Obasih said. "He said he would love to have me down for spring practice, or to check out the school again in June. He'd like to have me in to meet the other d-linemen, sit in on a couple meetings and stuff like that."
The trip to Iowa was Obasih's first junior day visit of the winter, but he is scheduled to attend a junior day at Wisconsin in two weeks. He will then decide between attending a junior day at Michigan State or making a visit to Nebraska the final weekend in February.
"My sister runs track for Minnesota and she would be at the Big Ten Indoor Championships at Nebraska on the 25th, when Michigan State is holding their junior day. Me and my dad will decide if I can go on a visit to Nebraska when she is having her meet or just go up to Michigan State's junior day.
Obasih has already been offered by Purdue and Western Michigan. He said interest has recently started picking up from Illinois and Iowa State.