Brian Lemelle focused his attention this fall on his final high school season. Recruiting was placed in the background. That's why losing in the Pennsylvania state semifinals came as such a disappointment.
The Class of 2013 receiver did his part. He finished the campaign with close to 90 catches for a little over 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns at Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt.
"I was happy with my performance, but it's a team game," the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Lemelle said. "I wanted a state title. Losing in the state semifinals hurts."
"As of right now, those are pretty much the three (schools) that I'm trying to take my official visits to," Lemelle said.
Iowa Receivers Coach Erik Campbell and East Coast Recruiter Darrell Wilson visited Bishop McDevitt about two weeks ago, Lemelle said. Wilson was back at the school on Wednesday and then stopped at Lemelle's house, he said.
"He told me that there are a lot of good things about Iowa," Lemelle said. "He said people will tell you that there really isn't anything to do but he said it's a nice city and everything is close. I'm looking forward to getting out there to check it out."
The Hawkeyes have five known verbal commitments from '13 receivers. Derrick Willies, Derrick Mitchell, Andre Harris and Damond Powell are expected to be on scholarship in the fall. Matt Vandeberg is committed as a grayshirt.
"They told me that they have a lot of big receivers," Lemelle said. "They said they really need a slot receiver that can move around and make plays. That's what they see in me."
UConn Assistant Hank Hughes dropped by Bishop McDevitt on Thursday.
"He told me that they really need a slot receiver," Lemelle said
"He tells me how they would like to get me the ball out in space and things like that," Lemelle said.
Lemelle said that the three schools in consideration are even.
"I would say that once I get out on visits I want to feel like it's a home away from home," he said. "I want to bond with the guys and be able to see myself playing there and going to school there for the next four years."