Like many prospects from other parts of the country, Solomon Warfield's picture of Iowa was that of a desolate landscape. Corn and cowboy hats danced in his head as he made his way from the Cleveland area to visit the Hawkeye football program.
And like many players seeing Iowa City for the first time, the 2013 defensive back left town on Monday pleasantly surprised with the surroundings.
"The visit was great," Warfield said. "It's a great college, a great campus, great coaches, great football team, great town.
"Coming in, I didn't know anything about Iowa. I thought it was in a middle of a farm with nothing to do. When I got to campus, it was so sweet. I just had no idea it would be like that."
"They weren't like the visit I had (to Iowa)," the 6-foot, 175-pounder said. "I went everywhere with the coaches. It was just me, so it was pretty sweet."
Warfield reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Arizona, Cincinnati and West Virginia, among others. Michigan State and Michigan also are involved with the St. Edward (Lakewood, OH) standout, too, he said. He will visit those schools on Tuesday.
"The coaches there said they wanted to see me at one of their camps," Warfield said of MSU and Michigan. I think they want me to play corner, so they want to see me do corner drills at their camps. So, we'll find out this summer."
The Hawkeyes view Warfield as a safety with the ability to play corner if needed.
"They saw my film and they said they like the way I come down and tackle and the way that I can cover people," he said. "They said I would be a great fit in their system as a safety to stop the run."
Warfield said he spent a lot of his Iowa visit with assistant coach Brian Ferentz, who is the school's lead recruiter in Ohio. He also hit it off with Hawkeye defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson.
"He's a great guy," Warfield said. "He's nice and calm and down to earth. It would be sweet playing for him. He was pretty cool."
Warfield also said he felt very comfortable with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, Brian's father.
"He's just really nice," Warfield said. "He's a good guy and a good coach. I know he stands for a lot and he's been coaching the program for a long time, so I know he knows what he's doing. What they've got going on is great."
Warfield, who is leaning towards a criminal justice major in college, plans to take his time deciding on a school.
"I think I just want to wait until the end of my senior year to make a decision," he said. "I feel like there's a lot of interest out there for me and I want to see what comes of it."
Despite there being an opportunity for other schools to sneak into the picture during Warfield's senior season, he said Iowa set a pretty high bar for which other institutions need to reach.
"I don't want to say that I have any favorite schools, but (the Hawkeyes are) definitely at the top right now," Warfield said. "I loved the visit. It was awesome. I have nothing bad to say about the school."