Adonis Jennings surprised some people last week when he announced he would be taking official visits beyond one to Rutgers. The South Jersey receiver verbally committed to the Scarlett Knights in late June.
Jennings kicked off those trips with a stop at Iowa last weekend. The Timber Creek High (Sicklerville, NJ) senior left the Big Ten school impressed with what he saw.
"I liked the city, the campus, the football stadium and facilities," Jennings said. "I liked a lot about Iowa."
Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-2, 183-pound Jennings as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale. The service tabs him as the No. 89 receiver nationally in the 2014 Class.
Realizing that plenty of time likely remains in the recruitment of Jennings, the Iowa coaches used his official visit to paint the receiver picture of how things would be if he chose their school.
"They never told me why I should choose them," Jennings said. "They just showed me everything about the life of a Iowa Hawkeye football player. They didn't even go as far as to tell me how I'm going to be used if I went there."
Jennings appreciated the low-pressure approach and enjoyed being able to evaluate the Hawkeyes on his own terms.
"I like how they use there receivers," said Jennings, who watched Iowa play Wisconsin. "They do multiple routes out of the pro-set offense."
The positive vibes Jennings received from Iowa carried beyond the football field.
"I got to see everything and Iowa Is a very good academic school," he said. "I'm looking to study either business or criminal justice."
The Hawkeyes picked up their 16th known verbal commitment in the '14 class Tuesday night when Missouri Running Back Markel Smith pledged to them. Coach Kirk Ferentz has said he expects the final number of recruits in this cycle to be around 20.