A breakout performance in April's spring game looked like it could spring board Cameron Wilson into more playing time this fall. Iowa was entering a new campaign with what seemed like open opportunities at wide receiver.
Wilson saw the situation differently. It compelled the second-year freshman to request and receive his scholarship release from the Hawkeyes program on Tuesday.
"There are a few things that led to the decision, but just overall I wanted a better opportunity to play somewhere else, and not over time, but sooner," Wilson said. "I'm looking for a better situation for me. I guess you could say that it wasn't an ideal school situation for me."
Wilson said he improved as a football player at Iowa. Having burned his redshirt in 2012, he would be required by NCAA rules to sit out a season and have three years of eligibility remaining at an FBS school. He could play right away if he dropped down a level or more.
"I felt good catching the ball (at Iowa)," Wilson said. "Sometimes what's happening on the field isn't anything that goes into it and it's kind of one of those deals. It wasn't about me feeling comfortable playing here or anything like that, there were other factors."
Word of Wilson's departure surfaced on message boards and social networks last weekend. People speculated as to why the Ohio native was leaving. The most popular guess was that he failed drug tests and was asked to leave.
"That's not accurate," Wilson said. "I'm not exactly sure where that came from. It was my decision to leave.
"People are entitled to say whatever they want on message boards or social media, quite frankly. There's speculation that it's something like that but it's not true. It has nothing to do with academics, either. I chose to transfer to start off on a new foot."
"They honestly always supported me and what I thought would be best for myself," Wilson said. "It was an understanding that they had for what I wanted for my future. They were really helpful."
Once given his release, Wilson said he emailed and sent his film to more than 20 schools. So far, he's heard back from Ohio University and Kentucky, he said.
"I guess we'll see in the next week or so where it goes," Wilson said. "I'd like to make a decision pretty quickly."
Iowa did not place any restrictions on Wilson's release, meaning he can transfer to any school he chooses.
"I want to go somewhere where they're going to throw the ball," he said. "I want to go somewhere where I don't have to wait too long to play; someplace where I have an opportunity to play. I want a legitimate opportunity to play and do the things that I want to do; catch the ball.
"I still want to go to a good school but maybe one closer to home (Dublin, Ohio)."
Wilson's Iowa major was undeclared. He was unsure what field of study he would pursue at his new school.
Scout.com ranked Wilson as the No. 56 receiver nationally in the class of 2012. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Jerome High graduate chose the Hawkeyes ahead of reported scholarship offers from Boston College, Bowling Green, Illinois, Kentucky, Purdue, South Florida, Syracuse, Toledo and West Virginia.