Dominique Uhl strode into Kinnick Stadium Saturday one of almost 70,000 people in attendance to watch Iowa football. Shortly after arrival, he realized he was different than most everybody else in the place.
"Some of the people in there were encouraging me to come to Iowa," Uhl said. "They were saying that it was a great place and they wanted me."
The 6-foot-8, 195-pound combo forward officially visited Iowa City this weekend. He left town impressed with what he saw.
"I liked it a lot," Uhl said. "I was surprised. I thought it would be just like corn fields and stuff but it was nice. I liked the campus. It was great. I had a great time.
"I definitely like the atmosphere, the fan support and they have great facilities. I was very impressed with that."
Junior Gabe Olaseni served as Uhl's main host on his Hawkeye visit. The German native from Point Pleasant Beach (NJ) High and the Jersey Shore Warriors AAU squad mingled with the whole team.
"I hung out with the players a lot during the evenings," he said. "I got to talk to the coaches a lot and meet everybody involved with the program. It was great."
Uhl spent time with Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery. They continued building a bond.
"It was great," Uhl said. "He gave me a feeling that Iowa would be a great fit for me and that they really want me there. He expressed to me how he will use me.
"He said he will use my skills to attack the basket and maybe post up smaller defenders. He said I can use my quickness against taller defenders."
Uhl watched the current Iowa team in an open gym format on Friday and then in a scrimmage Saturday morning before the football game.
"I just think I can help the team with my versatility," he said. "I can shoot the ball from the outside and attack the basket and then create shots for myself and my teammates."
Uhl met with academic advisors on Friday. He's been considering a international business major.
"They said if you work hard and take summer classes you could potentially graduate in three years," Uhl said. "I might want to do that. That sounded good to me."
"I think I'll make my decision pretty soon after I finish my visits," Uhl said. "It's pretty even right now. Miami might be a little less because they started recruiting me late and I haven't been there yet.
"But I want to see all four schools on officials and then compare and choose."
Uhl feels like he has a good idea of what will separate the university he chooses.
"I think it will be the school that I feel can develop me the best as a player; also where I think I can excel academically and feel the most comfortable," he said.