Aaron Mends is well known in Kansas City. The Winnetonka High running back is trying to make a name for himself outside of the area.
"I feel like I just need more exposure," Mends said. "I just need to be seen at these camps this summer. I feel like once they see what I can do, I will get attention. I'm not sure what's going on right now, but I think it will pick up."
"Illinois stays in consistent contact with me," the 6-foot, 200-pound Mends said. "I email back and forth with them. I feel like they might offer me soon."
The Hawkeyes are in the process of evaluating Mends, he said.
"Iowa came to my school for a visit," Mends said. "They wanted to eyeball me. I talked to LeVar Woods.
"He said that they liked my numbers and that they're breaking down the film of me. My coach sent them a few of my tapes. I think I might make it down there for a camp or a visit. I'd like to meet the head coach."
Mends is scheduled to attend a Kansas City area camp sponsored by the Chiefs and a Nike combine this summer. He's also considering team camps to improve his stock.
Mends said he has not run a 40-yard dash recently. He was last clocked in the sprint at 4.55 seconds.
"We play a three-running-back set," Mends said. "I get a lot of the reps but the ball is spread around. My coach says I'm a really good pass blocker. I am a good receiver, too.
"In the three-back set, I'm the tailback. I'm the one that runs up the middle. I get tosses on sweeps."
Winnetonka also employs Mends as an outside linebacker.
"I want to play running back (n college), but I'm a good linebacker, too," he said.
Mends, who wants to be a pre-dental major, has some desires when it comes to his school of choice.
"I kind of want to stay close to Missouri depending on the offers I get," he said. "I don't want to go too far away where my family can't see me play. I want a place that can help me get to the next level."