Even if Cody Harding ends up playing college football at a school other than Iowa, the Class of 2015 athlete may keep a big piece of the Hawkeye way with him. He picked it up on Saturday when he visited the Big Ten school.
"I think the thing that stood out to me most was the speech by (Strength and Conditioning) Coach (Chris) Doyle," Harding said. "It was motivating and taught me things that I will need to know for my future."
Harding visited Iowa on Oct. 26 when the Hawkeyes played host to rival Wisconsin.
"It was a good atmosphere," the Norwalk (Iowa) High junior said. "I felt like I was at home and it was also energetic. I talked to Coach (Jim) Reid, Coach (Reese) Morgan, Coach (Eric) Johnson, Coach Doyle, and Coach (Raimond) Braithwaite. It seemed like they were excited to see me."
"As a football program, it seems like they are a close family with lots of passion and dedication."
Iowa fits what Harding seeks academically. He's currently considering an exercise science major with a minor in business.
Harding has been proactive with his football recruitment. He began answering questionnaires his freshman year when he also started attending prospect camps and combines.
"I am now going on unofficial game day visits," Harding said. "I would like to get a scholarship from a Division I school."
Harding is scheduled to visit Missouri on Nov. 30.
"Pennsylvania University, Florida State, Western Illinois, Illinois State, and Iowa State all have showed interest," he said. "I'm looking for good programs for my major and a family-type atmosphere in the football program."
Harding has played all over the field in high school. He focused running back as a junior.