Getting kids to visit Iowa is more than half of the battle. Once they do, it seems they usually have a great time.
Scout.com 4-star receiver Damiere Byrd made the trip from New Jersey to Iowa City this weekend and after getting back home tonight, informed HawkeyeInsider.com of what he thought.
"It was insane!"
"I got there around 11 A.M and all I saw in the streets were black and gold," said Byrd. "Fans were in the parking lots at like 10 A.M tailgating. It was nuts....I had fans screaming my name. I would have never expected that to happen."
Byrd was not only surprised by the atmosphere surrounding the Iowa program, but found out his notions of Iowa City were not entirely accurate.
"Iowa City isn't what everybody would think if they were just hearing about it. Going into it, I thought it was all corn fields and farms, but it really was nice out there," said Byrd. "The campus isn't that big, but isn't too small. The buildings were like an old tradition meets new model form which was pretty cool."
Like most top of the line recruits, Byrd was able to get some 1-on-1 time with the man that makes Iowa go.
"I think Coach Ferentz is a first class man, he believes in things and sticks to them, no matter what. He is a trustworthy coach that will do anything for his players. I really like that about him," said the Timber Creek Regional high school star.
When asked about the game itself, it should come to no surprise that the wide receiver was watching the wide receivers.
"They looked great, I was impressed how they were able to pretty much throw at will, exploiting the Penn State man-to-man coverage with McNutt and DJK."
Byrd, who is considering Iowa, Florida, South Carolina, Rutgers, West Virginia, and Penn State, is taking an official visit this week to South Carolina. It will give him a chance to see the Gamecocks in action against Alabama, the No. 1 team in the country.
At this point, he plans to use all five of his official visits throughout the fall and winter.
As a junior, Damiere Byrd caught 38 passes for 605 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball 78 times for 685 yards and eight more scores, adding two punt return touchdowns as well. A first-team All-Conference performance last season, Byrd is on pace to shatter his junior numbers in 2010.
In the first game of the year, Byrd recorded two touchdowns, one from 63 yards out. In game No. 3, touchdown runs of one, 61 and 62 yards. A total of 208 yards. It's just become normal for the track star.
Did we forget to mention? He runs the 100 meters in 10.5.