When it comes to recruiting, networking can be very beneficial. College coaches often act on tips from friends and high school coaches in which they have a relationship.
Both of those things worked in Eric Johnson's favor when it came to finding Class of 2012 Nashville, TN, safety Rodney Edmiston. His defensive backs coach at The Ensworth School, Roc Batten, was coached at Vanderbilt by Johnson when he was a graduate assistant at his alma mater. Current Hawkeye Defensive Coordinator Norm Parker served in that role for the Commodores then.
Batten ended up replacing Johnson as the Vanderbilt graduate assistant when latter left for Iowa. On Thursday, Batten was named head coach at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN.
"We run a very similar defense to the one at Iowa and the one Coach Batten learned from Coach Johnson when they were at Vanderbilt," Edmiston said. "When they were telling me that, I thought it was pretty cool."
The 6-foot, 180-pound Edmiston is awaiting his first scholarship offer. He's hoping it comes when he camps at Louisville (June 12), Furman (June 17) and Iowa (June 18).
"I feel like if I go down to (Iowa's) camp, go hard and play my type of game, they could offer me," Edmiston said. "If they did, I'd commit right on the spot or within a day or so. I like everything about that place since they started recruiting me.
"I can't wait to get there and get a look around at the facilities and the campus."
"I'm hoping I can just end it if I can get an offer from Iowa at their camp," Edmiston said.
Edmiston said he plays free and strong safety at Ensworth. He's open to playing either at the next level.
"I feel like I play physical," he said. "I can come down to the line of scrimmage and attack the ball. I also feel like I have good ball skills and can read the quarterback. I'm a good leader on the field and am hard working."
Edmiston said he'd like to study sports medicine or communications in college.
"I was excited when Coach Johnson told me that Iowa is in the Top 5 in the country in both of those majors," he said. "That's another reason to be on the Iowa bandwagon."