It's looking more and more like a second generation of Early will be running routes in Kinnick Stadium. Chance Early, the son of former Iowa standout, Quinn, officially visited Iowa on Monday and Tuesday.
"I didn't tell the Iowa coaches that I committed, but I told them that this is the place I want to be," Chance said. "I love it here. I always have. There are just a lot of great people and this is where I see myself."
Chance 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.
Early said before the Iowa visit that he's considering a walk-on opportunity with Nevada as well as the preferred walk-on chance with the Hawkeyes.
"I might take a visit to Nevada," Early said after the Iowa trip. "Then, when I get back, I can sit down with my parents and weigh the pros and cons of the two schools and see what is the better fit. But I'm really feeling Iowa right now."
San Jose State offered Early a scholarship last fall, but he decided to keep his options open and see what he could find in the spring. He has always dreamed of wearing the Iowa uniform.
"It was just a really, really good visit," he said. "I got a chance to meet with a lot of good people in the athletic department and professors at the college. Everybody was really helpful. "
"We all went out to dinner and had a chance to talk," Early said. "I got to go up in the press box and get a better look at the football facilities than I had before."
Ferentz told Early that if he worked hard there was an opportunity to earn a scholarship within a year or two of his arrival at Iowa.
"He told me that everybody has the same opportunity when they get here whether they're on scholarship or walking on," Early said. "He said it's up to the player to come in and work extra, watch the film and do the things necessary to get on the field."
Jordan Cotton, whose father, Marshall, played at Iowa with Quinn, hosted Chance on his visit.
"It was great that school was in and there were mid-terms going on," Early said. "I got to see what college would be like with everybody here. Jordan gave me a good idea what it was like being a player and a student there."
Iowa brought in two scholarship wide receivers - Marcus Grant and Jacob Hillyer - in the 2011 Class and only two - Kevonte Martin-Manley and Don Shumpert - the previous year. The Hawkeyes graduated three scholarship wideouts from last season's roster and leading pass-catcher Marvin McNutt is done after the '12 campaign.