Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz and co-linebackers coaches LeVar Woods and Jim Reid each met with Aaron Mends one-on-one this weekend. The trio did its best to earn a verbal commitment from the Kansas City athlete.
"They were really trying to convince me that Iowa was the place for me," Mends said. "For sure, they really want me to come there."
The 6-foot, 200-pound Mends has admitted to coming close to a Hawkeye pledge since earning a scholarship offer at camp last month. Like the previous times, he held off on becoming part of the Iowa program this weekend.
"I'm kind of in the same spot I was before the visit," Mends said.
Mends, going off of the advice of his coach at Winnetonka High, Sterling Edwards, wants his commitment to be final. He explains his feelings on that approach,here, in a story we did prior to his Iowa visit.
"I want to sit back after this visit and have some time to reflect," Mends said. "Then, I want to check out a couple of other schools and see how they compare (to Iowa)."
The Spartans jumped into the Mends' mix earlier this week with an email from assistant coach Brad Salem. They had been sending regular mail previously.
"They said that they like big running backs," Mends said. "It's nothing serious yet but hopefully it goes down that path. They just recently saw my film.
"They wanted to know how my summer is going and how things were going with recruiting. I haven't had a chance to email them back yet but I will."
Mends said he was going to attend a Kansas State camp on Thursday but got the date mixed up and thought he would not be able to fit it in with the Iowa trip.
"I definitely want to get out there," he said. "I need to get in contact with them. I want to check it out."
Mends plays running back and linebacker for Winnetonka. Iowa likes him on defense.
"They talked to me about how I fit into their scheme and how I could be really successful with Iowa football," Mends said his his talk with the coaches this weekend. "They said a WILL or a Mike backer."
Mends sat down with Iowa academic personnel on his visit.
"I got to meet with admissions and people in the biology program," he said. "It was great."
Mends said he also was impressed by Iowa's football facilities. He just wasn't ready to make his final decision.
"It's going to be a gut feeling," he said.