Iowa received criticism for a perception that they were no longer recruiting in Florida, a state where it's enjoyed some success. Coach Kirk Ferentz quickly pointed out that the Hawkeyes hadn't completely abandoned efforts there and would utilize relationships to pursue prospects.
"He's definitely promoting the new coaching staff at Iowa," Florida Quarterback Michael Scarnecchia said of Hernandez. "He said that it's more like a family. He said the fans are great and it's a great area. He loves it out there.
"He's definitely trying to get me to know all of the coaches and get comfortable with everybody there. I like him. He's a cool guy. I'm very comfortable with him."
The 6-foot-4, 192-pound Scarnecchia plays for Fleming Island High in Orange Park, FL. He is coming off of a junior season that saw him earn Class 7A honorable mention all-state honors in leading his team to a 7-3 mark. He is a pro style quarterback with athleticism.
"(Hernandez) hasn't seen me work out in person but from my film he said my footwork is good," Scarnecchia said. "He said I throw the ball very well and have some zip on it."
Scarnecchia awaits his first scholarship offer. In addition to Iowa, he said he's consistently hearing from Vanderbilt, Central Florida, Michigan, LSU, Georgia, Rutgers, Auburn and Wisconsin. Yale and Harvard also are very interested.
"I want to minor in Biochemistry but I want to major in Radiology," he said. "I've wanted to be a doctor since I was seven years old. Grades are important to me."
Scarnecchia is working on his summer schedule for camps and campus visits. Iowa is a likely stop for the signal caller.
"I'm really interested in Iowa," he said. "The coaching staff is great. They run a great style of offense. They run a pro and spread. I know the quarterback coach is going to be a great coach and he develops you for the NFL.
"They have a medical center right on the campus. That would be a great school to go to. We're shooting for June 9th to visit there. It will be in early June."
A closeness to the coaching staff is a must for Scarnecchia.
"It's going to be where I can connect with the coaches," he said. "For me at least, when I'm comfortable I play a lot better. I understand they need to be tough at times and you have to be open to criticism. I just want them to bring the best out of me. I hope they can develop me for the NFL because I would love to play in the NFL. I know it will be hard work."