When Jacquille Veii re-opened his recruitment last month, he wanted to build a strong bond with the college coaches pursuing him. It became the most important part of his decision-making process.
"This was the first time I was meeting with him," said Veii, a senior at The Avalon School in Gaithersburg. "I spoke to him on the phone once before. We were just talking about some general stuff, getting to know each other."
"That's a pretty solid part of the coaching staff," Veii said. "I feel comfortable with them. They're easy to talk to. The thing is just getting out there and seeing it.
"(Johnson) just told me that Coach Wilson is my biggest fan and that they really want me out there."
Veii is scheduled to officially visit Iowa on Jan. 25, a week after an official is planned to Pittsburgh. He also excpects to see in person Purdue and Maryland, to which he was committed before opening this up.
"I wouldn't really say that are any leaders right now, but Iowa is definitely starting to creep up there," the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Veii said. "I am open to all of the schools, though. I want to give everyone a chance."
Veii played running back, receiver and cornerback in high school. The Hawkeyes told him they want him as the latter.
"They're looking at me as a DB now because it's a need position," Veii said. "Things could change at any moment, though.
"I don't mind playing (cornerback) in college. I've been playing it my whole life so I'd be pretty comfortable playing that position at the next level. The techniques are more advanced, but it's nothing that I can't handle."
Veii desires early playing time in college. He says he could have that chance at Iowa.
"You never know what can happen," Veii said. "They already have guys that have the experience. But if I can come in there and outshine those guys, then hey, why not."
Veii plans to wait until the end of the process before making his final decision.
"I'm going to announce on signing day but I'm probably going to let the coaches know a couple of days before that," he said.