Dan Monteroso was playing in an AAU basketball tournament in Fort Wayne last month trying to impress college scouts. He received a call from his football coach during the event.
St. Clairsville (Ohio) High Head Coach Brett Mclean said he just received a phone call from Iowa Assistant Brian Ferentz, who wanted Monteroso to call him. What the 6-foot-3, 180-pound receiver caught him off guard.
"(Ferentz) said he saw my video on You Tube and couldn't believe that no one had offered me yet," Monteroso said. "He said if it was up to him, he would offer right now but he wanted to run it past his dad (Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz) and the receivers coach (Erik Campbell).
"He came to the school (Wednesday) and told me he was going to offer me a scholarship. I was real excited. It was something else. Big Ten football is great football. I was surprised, honestly."
Monteroso wasn't considering playing college football three weeks ago.
"A lot of Southern Conference schools have been looking at me to play basketball," he said. "I had planned on playing Division I basketball at the mid-major level. With all this football attention and offers, it looks like I'm playing football now."
Between the time Brian Ferentz first spoke with Monteroso three weeks ago and when the Hawkeye assistant extended an offer on Wednesday, Boston College, Ohio and Bowling Green had offered football scholarships to the Class of 2013 prospect.
"Right now, Iowa and Boston College have to be the leaders," Monteroso said. "I'd say Iowa is a little ahead because I've talked to the coach more. I have a better feel for their offense and what the school is like.
"The Boston College offensive coordinator(Doug Martin) is real good friends with my dad. They've been friends for a long time."
Jeff Monteroso, Dan's father, has been West Liberty University's defensive coordinator for eight years. Jeff has instilled the nuances of the game into his son and that showed during Dan's conversations with Brian Ferentz.
"(Ferentz) said he was impressed with my knowledge of football," Dan said. " (Jeff has) been a coach his whole life and I've been around the game my whole life."
In addition to that understanding of the game, Ferentz noticed an advanced product on the field when looking at Dan's highlight film.
"(Ferentz) said that he saw me run an inside-curl route and cut back to the ball on like the fourth play of the highlight film," Dan Monteroso said. "He said he turned it off then and called my coach immediately."
Dan Monteroso is behind many other football recruits in his class in that he hasn't visited any colleges.
"This whole thing has happened in three weeks," he said. "Iowa wants me to come down to campus to get a look and maybe run around on the field for a little bit. They also want me to come to a game.
"I'm looking forward to that. Iowa is such a great school. The football atmosphere is amazing there. There are no pro teams in Iowa. It just looks like an awesome place to play."
"I'm just going to see some campuses and see which ones I like," he said. "I hope to find a school that's right for me.
"Right now, I'm just embracing being recruited. I just want to go somewhere where I can make a difference."
Monteroso is considering majors in Chemical Engineering and Broadcast Journalism.