A lot of recruiting involves networking. College coaches often reach into their past to locate future players whether that be with people they know or schools and locations that have been good to them.
Iowa Assistant Erik Campbell recently reunited with a former graduate assistant from when he worked at Ball State. Turns out, the GA, Bill Griffith, now the head coach at Manchester (IN) College, talked to his old colleague about his son, Isaac Griffith, a Class of 2013 wide receiver.
The Hawkeyes are among a group of schools monitoring the young Griffith, who plays for Homestead Senior High in Fort Wayne, IN. He reports offers from Ball State, his father's alma mater, and Wyoming.
"Coach Campbell and my dad know each other a little bit," Isaac said. "When Coach Campbell left Ball State, my father stepped in as a full-time assistant there."
Griffith said that Iowa has been in consistent contact with him.
"They send me a lot of mail and emails," he said. "(Campbell) watched my film and he and the other coaches there said they liked my film a lot. They want to get me out there as soon as I can.
"I know they just got back from their cruise and they said they'd be in touch after that. Coach Campbell directed me to Coach (Eric) Johnson because he recruits my area. As of yet, I really haven't talked with him as much as I have with Coach Campbell, but it's probably going to switch over to Coach Johnson soon."
Griffith (6-0, 180) said Northwestern, Purdue and Indiana are showing the most interest of the schools that have yet to offer him a scholarship. He's also hearing from Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan State and Michigan.
"(The college scouts) like that I run good routes," Griffith said. "I can get out of breaks and cuts easily and I always go for the ball. Also, being a coach's son helps because they know I have a knack for the game.
" A lot of the coaches I talk to say it seems like the game slows down for me. I can manipulate the game because of how well I know it."
Griffith has twice visited Northwestern and Indiana. He's seen Purdue and Bowling Green one time each. He's planned trips to Indiana, Purdue and Northwestern for spring practices,
"I'm probably just going to wait it out a little bit and let the chips fall where they may," Griffith said of the recruiting process. "I'm just going to see where it goes. It could lead to bigger schools. It might not.
"The whole recruiting process is a fun thing to have. I'm looking forward to the Big Ten, but it can shake out any way it wants to and I'll be OK."
Griffith, who is considering majors in history and sports management, said academics is at the top of his list of priorities when choosing a school.
"If I don't make it in football, I'm looking for a place that helps me go into the work force and be prepared," Griffith said. "I'm also going to look for a solid coaching staff and athletic program."