"(Assistant Coach Eric Johnson) called me at 6:40 in the morning and we talked," Knes said. "He said they are very excited about me and have watched my film and would like for me to come up to a summer camp."
On Tuesday, Knes picked up personalized mail from the Hawkeyes.
"I also just received a hand written letter from Coach Johnson," Knes said. "The letter said I am close to getting an offer and they are very impressed with me. He said again he would like to get me up to Iowa for a camp."
The 6-foot-5, 223-pound Knes hails from Parkway Central High in Chesterfield, MO. He is being viewed by Iowa and others as either an outside linebacker or rush end at the next level.
Knes feels like a stop at Iowa's summer camp could net him a Hawkeye offer.
"Coach Johnson has put a lot of emphasis on going to a camp," Knes said. "I haven't visited (Iowa) but I would like to visit soon. I really like the success of the Hawkeye program. I like the longevity of the coaches. Also, it's close to home, which is important."
Knes said he would like to make a decision "as soon as possible." He wants to study education in college before heading to law school.