Brian Lemelle knew very little about Iowa before picking up a scholarship offer from the Big ten school earlier this spring. Slowly but surely, the Class of 2013 wide receiver has learned more about the Hawkeyes.
Lemelle said Iowa Receivers Coach Erik Campbell is working hard to add ohm to his corps.
"We talk every week or so," the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Lemelle said. "I try to call him every week. They want me to come out there for a visit. They really want me to see the campus and the athletic facilities and meet the players."
Lemelle, Scout.com's 99th-ranked wide receiver nationally in the '13 class, plays for Bishop McDevitt High in Harrisburg, PA. He reports scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, West Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse, Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue, Bowling Green, Massachusetts and Boston College.
"They're all on an even playing field," Lemelle said of the schools pursuing him. "I'm not putting any schools higher than any other schools. Once I make my decision, that's it."
Lemelle last week visited Virginia. He has planned a trip to West Virginia for this coming weekend.
"I'm trying to get out to Cincinnati in the next week or so after West Virginia," he said. "I'm trying to see the schools that are within driving distance first. Those are easier right now. The ones that are farther away take a while to set up because you have to get flights."
Lemelle said that Iowa, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Virginia, Purdue, Boston College, Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami and Syracuse were among the schools that visited him this spring at Bishop McDevitt.
While distance from home won't be the deciding factor in Lemelle's choice of college, it's a consideration, he said.
"If I have to go far, I'll go far. But if I could stay home, I would like to stay home," he said. "I think there are other things that are more important than that, though. I want to go somewhere that fits me academically and also has a passion for football. I'd like to play in a program that gets the ball to their receivers."
Lemelle, who wants to study Criminal Justice in college, reports his 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds.
"I feel like I do a good job of getting off of press (coverage) and getting down the field," he said. "I also use my hands to go up and get the ball."
Lemelle said he plays outside and inside in high school, but prefers lining up closer to the quarterback.
"I feel like I operate well in the slot.," he said
Lemelle said that he would likely cut his list of prospective schools down to five programs before making his final choice.
"I would like to get this out of the way before the season starts," he said. "I want to have that mind frame where I can focus on my season."