Early Visting Iowa

Chance Early, the son of former Hawkeye great, Quinn, is coming to Iowa City today for an official visit. His dream of wearing the black and gold isn't dead yet.

Signing day for the 2011 class has come and gone, but Iowa isn't done bringing in quality players. One such athlete will be in town Monday and Tuesday for his official visit.

Chance Early, the son of Hawkeye great Quinn Early, has been hearing from Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, who wants him to be a preferred walk-on.

"It's pretty encouraging when you're hearing from the head coach," the wide receiver said. "He's telling me he really wants me to be a preferred walk-on with a chance of earning a scholarship next year if I work hard. I'm looking forward to this official visit to get a chance to talk with the players and coaches and see what's it's like.

"I've been there a few times and really like it. But this will give me a chance to get a closer look."

Jordan Cotton, whose father Marshall played with Quinn Early at Iowa, is scheduled to host Chance on his visit. Chance says Iowa is his favorite right now, but he also is looking at Nevada.

"There are pros and cons to both," Chance said. "I've always liked Iowa, but Nevada is a lot closer to home. I'll see what happens after this visit, but I'll probably take an official to Nevada.

"After that, I'll head home and talk to my parents and make a decision. There really isn't a hurry. There's no rush."

Early received a scholarship offer from San Jose State before signing day. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wideout wasn't ready to sign.

"I just really wanted to see what other opportunities were out there," Early said. "I kept in touch with San Jose State throughout the process."

Scout.com awarded Early three stars on his five-star scale and ranked him as the 198th best receiver in the '11 class.

Early caught 32 balls for 650 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. He returned 14 punts for 265 yards and a score. He earned All-California Interscholastic Federation and all-league honors as well as being named his team's MVP.

Early's numbers suffered a bit last season with a sophomore starting his first season at quarterback. Cathedral Catholic rebounded from a 1-4 start to finish 8-5 and win its fourth CIF title in a row. Chance's class was the first in school history to win four.

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