"I had no clue that he was coaching his kids," Garmon said of Kirk Ferentz. "I didn't know his sons went to Iowa, too. He has a son in high school. When he graduates, he will be playing for him at Iowa.
"He's just tried to let me get to know him. He likes to tell me he's from back my way. We have that in common."
Garmon, a Class of 2012 running back from Erie, PA, will be officially visiting Iowa this weekend. The Hawkeyes play host to Northwestern in a Big Ten tilt at Kinnick Stadium.
"I'm just looking for stuff that they only show people on official visits that I haven't seen before," said Garmon, Scout.com's 15th-ranked RB nationally among seniors. "i just want to go down there and meet the players and see what the players do after the game. I want to see the things outside of football. I want to see the classrooms and see if I feel comfortable there on campus."
Garmon unofficially visited Iowa this summer.
"I saw that they had a real nice campus," the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder said. "I love the coaching staff down there. I also like the connections they have with Erie players, too."
Iowa is the only official visit Garmon has set up. He does plan to use all five of his officials allowed by NCAA rules. His Top 5 programs are the Hawkeyes, Illinois, Michigan, Texas A&M and Ohio State.
Garmon cancelled his official visit to Ohio State a few weeks ago because it conflicted with his McDowell High homecoming. He has decided to make the announcement of his college decision at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Jan. 3 in Phoenix.
McDowell has started 4-2 this season. He's carried the ball 73 times for 591 yards (8.1 per carry) and four scores. He's also caught three passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.
"I'm running the ball good," he said. "I'm not getting a lot of touches, though."
Garmon has slowed down recruiting during his senior season.
"Everything is going good, though," he said. "It's cool where I'm at right now. I'm not making my decision until after the season, so there's no rush."
Garmon talks with Iowa once a week, he said. He's also getting a lot of mail from the Hawkeyes.
"I actually talk to Coach Ferentz every time that they call," Garmon said. "When we talk, we don't really talk about sports. When we talk, we're just trying to get to know each other more. We don't really talk about football."