Jacob Sobotka has made it a habit of attending Iowa games. The Mount Ayr senior came to three of them in 2012 and was back at Kinnick Stadium last Saturday for the season-opener despite stifling heat and humidity.
"It was pretty hot," the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder athlete said. "Every time a cloud came by, we were all praying it would hang around and give us a little relief. It was a scorcher."
The uncomfortable weather conditions couldn't ruin the unofficial visit for Sobotka, who Iowa is recruiting as a linebacker.
"I got to see all of the familiar faces again and it's always nice to go catch an Iowa game," he said. "You get to see the facilities and everything. It was fun."
"It was pretty casual," he said. "They asked how my game went (last Friday). They wanted to how I am; pretty normal (conversation).
"I think they're pretty interested. Obviously they haven't offered yet, but I'm an in-state kid and that probably affects some things. But I think they have some strong interest in me."
Another local FBS school is paying attention to Sobotka.
"Iowa State also is really interested in me," he said. "Coach (Paul) Rhoads has been talking to me a lot. He thinks that I have a lot of potential.
"They're calling about once a week. I talk to Coach (Chris) Klenakis."
The Associated Press ranks Mount Ayr sixth in Class 1A after a 44-0 opening-week win at Nodaway Valley.
"We should do pretty well," Sobotka said. "We were 11-1 last year and we return a whole lot. We're looking to be pretty successful this year."
While he's focused on his senior season, Sobotka is making time for recruiting, too.
"I'm going to take a visit to Iowa State this year and then I'l probably visit Iowa again," he said. "I love going to Iowa games and watching games in Kinnick."