Eight schools already have stepped forward with scholarship offers for Matt Miller. The Class of 2013 offensive lineman hoped at least one more program will come though with an opportunity when he visits it next month.
Miller took in a game at Iowa last fall. He planned to be back there in early June.
"I do feel that they are close to offering," the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Miller said. "We'll see what happens when I get up there. I'm definitely hoping for it."
Hawkeye Assistant Brian Ferentz met with Miller and his coach, Doug Pearson, at St. John's Jesuit High in Toledo, OH a few weeks ago. It went well.
"He and I had a very good conversation," Miller said. "He had a good conversation with my coach. He and I have talked on the phone a few times. We have a good relationship and he seems very interested in me.
"He tells me that he really likes my size and the way that I play. He thinks I'm a great fit for Iowa. I feel the exact same way."
The summer is a time when many prospects camp at schools from which they hope to receive a scholarship offer. That won't happen with Miller at Iowa.
"(Ferentz) told me he does not need to see me in camp," Miller said. "He's seen me play and he knows I'm good enough. He just wants me to come out on campus again and try to better my relationship with him and the coaching staff."
Miller reports scholarship offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Miami, Michigan State, Purdue and Toledo. He's receiving interest from Iowa, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Michigan, where his brother, Jack, plays.
"That first or second week of June, I'm going on a Midwest road trip," Matt Miller said. "I'm going to check out Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan."
Miller attended the spring games at Michigan and Michigan State and caught a practice at Miami while on spring break in Florida.
"I'm trying to figure what I want out of a school," Miller said. "There are so many schools out there that balance tradition, winning, coaches you can trust and academics, which just might be the most important part of the whole thing. I'm looking to find a school that balances all of those for me."
Miller, who is leaning towards studying business in college, would like to verbally commit to a school before his final season begins at St. John's.
"In a perfect world, I'd like to have it done before the season starts," he said. "If I can choose, I definitely would not to play my senior season with recruiting still hanging out there. At the same time, if I'm not ready, then it's going to have to wait."
A current member of the Hawkeyes is sharing advice with Miller about looking for the right school.
"A good buddy of mine, who is really like a brother to me, Ray Hamilton, talks with me almost on a weekly basis about the recruiting process," Miller said. "He talks to me a lot about how things are going for him at Iowa. So, I feel very comfortable with Iowa. Right now, it seems we have very heavy mutual interest."