Barmore Recaps Iowa Camp

Stephen Barmore camped at UConn and Boston College last week before heading halfway across the country for a stop in Iowa. The Connecticut QB talks about his Hawkeye camp, what he heard from the coaches and where he's headed next in this premium story.

After camping at Iowa on Monday, Stephen Barmore walked downtown to taste the local flavors. The Connecticut quarterback quickly picked up on something.

"You don't walk by more than three people without seeing someone wearing something Hawkeyes," Barmore said. "I loved it. I was very pleasantly surprised. It's got a nice college-town feel to it."

Iowa Tight Ends Coach D.J. Hernandez, like Barmore a native of the Nutmeg State, began recruiting the quarterback this winter after joining the staff. They've been talking weekly.

Barmore decided it was worth his while to camp with the Hawkeyes in hopes of earning a scholarship offer. While that didn't happen, he felt he left a positive impression on Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis.

"He said just to be patient and that he really liked me," the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Barmore said. "He did tell me that he was very surprised that I didn't have a D-I offer yet. He thinks that I could definitely play in the Big Ten, which was really nice to hear."

Barmore reported running a 4.62-second, 40-yard dash Monday at Iowa.

"(The coaches) liked my 40 time," he said. "Overall, on the day, I thought I played very well."

Davis updated Barmore on where Iowa stands with quarterback prospects in the 2014 Class.

"We discussed where we are with everything," Barmore said. "He said they had given a few offers out to some QBs. He said to be patient through the process and they're going to evaluate the quarterbacks that he's seen and the quarterbacks that are going to come in for camp."

Tuesday, Hernandez and quality control director Scott Southmayd toured the campus with Barmore. He saw the football facilities, the academic learning center and the Biology Building, the subject in which he plans to major.

"I talked to a professor, which was very nice," Barmore said. "I was very impressed with everything that they showed me."

Barmore camped at UConn and Boston College last week. He has scheduled similar events at Villanova, Yale, Harvard, Massachusetts and Holy Cross later this month.

"I know that I really liked (Iowa)," Barmore said. "I liked the university and everything that was available to me while I was here. Really, at this point in the process, I'm just trying to keep everything open and be patient with everything.

"I would love to make a decision before the season. Right now I'm just trying to enjoy the camp circuit and taking everything in."

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