Josh Oglesby heard about official visits. Schools wined and dined prospects in hopes of gaining their allegiance.
The Class of 2011 guard from Cedar Rapids experienced the red-carpet treatment first hand at Iowa this weekend. Saturday night, Oglesby, his parents and Hawkeye representatives ate heartily at a upscale, local steakhouse.
"It was good," Oglesby said. "By the time I left there, I wasn't even able to walk I was so full.
"(The visit) was unbelievable. It was extremely fun. The coaches took care of me. They got me my own hotel room and my parents got one at the downtown Sheraton."
Oglesby stuck to the plan he set forth last month, however, not committing to the Hawkeyes. He's set on taking three more official visits before making a decision on a school.
"That's one down and three to go," Oglesby said. "I'm really excited about what I got to see at Iowa and am looking forward to the rest of these. I really got to see a bigger picture at Iowa.
"I got to meet Ashton Kutcher, Reggie Evans and Dean Oliver. When Matt (Gatens) and I left Joseph's, we ran into Jeff Horner. They were all just telling me how it's a big family down there. I was impressed."
Oglesby said he hit it off with Gatens, who served as his host for the weekend.
"I couldn't have asked for a better person to host me," Oglesby said. "He's such a well-rounded kid. He took me under his wing for the weekend. That was cool."
Two things struck Oglesby about his visit.
"The biggest thing that stood out was how hard the players worked out," he said. "Second, the girls (he saw in Iowa City). That was a complete shock. That was crazy."
Oglesby went to Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery's house Friday night for a team dinner.
"That was fun," he said. "All the players and coaches were there. The coach's wife had family in town."
While schools continue to roll out lavish visits for Oglesby, his high school coach Brad Metzger is keeping the pressure on for his guard to keep improving.
"I missed my workout on Friday because I was at Iowa," Oglesby said. "So I'm heading up to the school now (Sunday night) to make it up."