Alex Carr finds himself in a difficult position. He holds scholarship offers from smaller schools. Big schools are interested in him. What to do?
"I got a letter from Iowa a few days ago," the Class of 2011 product from Cedar Rapids Washington High said. "They invited me to come down for the Ohio State game (this coming Saturday) as a visitor."
The Hawkeye coaches also hosted Carr for the Oct. 23 game against Wisconsin at Kinnick Stadium. He's one of those in-state players under evaluation for either a late scholarship offer or preferred walk-on opportunity.
"Iowa and the other schools that haven't offered are waiting on my senior film," Carr said. "It's taking a little longer than I had hoped, but I think it should be done early this week and I can get it out."
Iowa State and Northern Iowa also are recruiting Carr and waiting to evaluate his senior highlights. The schools are wanting to see him play cornerback, something he didn't do a lot of until his final year at Washington.
"I didn't get to talk to the (Iowa) coaches at the Wisconsin game," Carr said. "I'm hoping to get a chance to talk with them on this visit. I'm hoping they'll have a chance to look at my film by then.
"I'm encouraged. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz wrote me a letter saying that they loved my effort and passion for the game and that's what they look for. They're not all about five-star recruits. I hope they view my passion and hard work as a sign I can be a good leader."
Carr has set up official visits to South Dakota and South Dakota State during the first two weeks of December. He holds offers from both of them as well as North Dakota.
Carr proceeds cautiously. He desires to live a dream of being a Hawkeye. He also is on the clock in terms of the opportunities already on the table.
"South Dakota has told me that they have offered six cornerbacks and they're taking the first two that accept the scholarships," Carr said. "I have that in the back of my head and that's why I want to get out there for a visit.
"I have to go where the money is. I want to go to Iowa, but I'll have a decision to make if they don't offer and it looks like I might miss my chance somewhere else."