Armstead Williams Gets Look at Hawkeyes

Along with an impressive list of official visitors this weekend, Iowa played host to a pair of Pennsylvania teammates who made it to Iowa City unofficially. Armstead Williams, a 2011 WR, spoke with Hawkeye Insider about his trip, where he stands in his recruiting process and more.

p>As the miles passed by him, a thought entered the mind of Armstead Williams. Where is this Iowa?

"Man, it was out there," the 2011 recruit said after driving from his Pennsylvania home to Iowa City and back this weekend. He unofficially visited the University of Iowa with his father and fellow '11 prospect and Gateway High teammate Dondi Kirby.

The journey took 28 hours round trip, Williams said. He planned on coming back for an official later this season.

"The reason it was an unofficial was because I wanted my dad to come and they couldn't pay for him," said Williams, who Iowa is recruiting as a WR.

Williams (6-3, 200) lists Iowa, N.C. State and Maryland has his three favorites. He said he was going to use officials to all three schools. He takes his SAT on Saturday so he won't travel next weekend.

"N.C. State is next. I just need to talk to the coach," Williams said. "Then I'll try to get to Maryland and probably try to get back to Iowa for an official."

Despite the long drive, Williams liked what he saw in Iowa City.

"The atmosphere was live," he said. "There's no NFL team, so everything is Hawkeyes. The environment was really cool and everybody is really passionate about the team."

The Iowa coaches told Williams that he could earn a chance to play right away with work as the receiver corps will be hit by graduation in the next few years.

"I got to talk with all of the coaches," he said. "I got to speak with Coach Ferentz. He's real cool; real upbeat."

Williams said there was a bit of a culture shock when he arrived in Iowa City, a place much different than his home in Monroeville, Pa.

"I could definitely see myself in that environment, though," he said. "It's a real laid back place where I can get my school work done and play football."

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