"The fans are great," Gladney said. "When I visited their mall, I saw Hawkeye hoodies everywhere. Everybody there is a Hawkeye fan. It's wonderful how the atmosphere is there.
"It was a good feeling. That's a good school. They have a lot of success with receivers coming out of there. That's something I think about. They have great coaches. Everybody is nice and respectful up there. It's a great program."
Scout.com lists Gladney as a three-star recruit on its five-star scale. The service ranks him as the 61st-best receiver nationally in the '13 class.
Gladney attended a junior day at Ohio State and took an unofficial visit to Michigan State. He's scheduled to see Nebraska in June and also wants to get out to Vanderbilt, Cincinnati and Purdue.
"Hopefully when I get done with these visits, I'll be able to make my decision on a college," Gladney said. "I'm hoping to make my decision before the start of my senior season."
While academics and comfort with the town and campus rank high on Gladney's list, how he relates to the coaching staff might be the most important thing to him in choosing a college.
"My main goal is to have a friendship with the coaches," Gladney said. "Here at Firestone (High in Akron, OH), I have a friendship with the entire staff. I'm not looking to just get recruited and then they never talk to me again. I just hope that doesn't happen."
Brian Ferentz is leading Iowa's recruitment of Gladney.
"He actually came back to Iowa after losing a Super Bowl," Gladney said. "Him coming back to his dad (Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz) and being able to coach, that was impressive. He's also a great guy. I watched him coach, and he was on them. But that's what coaches are supposed to do. They want them to be their best."
Iowa's sales pitch to Gladney was simple.
"They were basically telling me that I would play as a freshman," he said. "Coach (Brian) Ferentz wanted to get me up there so I could see for myself that I would fit in to be a Hawkeye."
Gladney is confident in his ability.
"I can set up my defender," he said. "I know the angles to avoid a tackle. I also can get the ball. I can jump and beat my defender to the ball. I also can beat my defender deep. My quarterbacks throw it deep and I have the speed to catch up to it."