Amara Darboh hadn't been to a major college football game before Saturday. He picked a humdinger.
"It was exciting," the West Des Moines Dowling product said. "It was actually more than I expected. There were people all over the place outside the stadium and it was packed inside. It was just a great atmosphere."
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Darboh holds scholarship offers from Iowa and Iowa State. He's looking to get our to other schools that are recruiting him.
Darboh practiced with his Dowling teammates Saturday morning before heading to Iowa City.
"We got there late so we missed lunch," he said. "We got a nice tour of the locker rooms and meeting rooms. They took us out of the tunnel onto the field for warm-ups. That was really cool.
"We went back inside and into a room. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz came in and told us how glad he was to have us there. That was cool."
After Iowa's 35-7 victory, Darboh and the other recruits headed to the locker room to watch the celebration.
Class 4A top-ranked Dowling stands at 3-0 heading into next week's game against Fort Dodge.
"It's pretty exciting," Darboh said of the start. "We're just trying to stay focused. We're not looking at it like we're going for a four-game winning streak. We want more than that."
Darboh took a screen pass 75 yards into the end zone on Friday. It was called back by penalty.
"It didn't look like a hold on film, but that happens," he said. "We won."