Dean Arendt clearly understands his position. It allows him perspective in recruiting.
Colleges prefer fullbacks walk on to the team. Scholarships come their way if they pay their dues and prove their worth, maybe.
Unlike most high school players, Arendt visits schools without getting his hopes up that coaches there will extend him a scholarship opportunity. That approach relaxes him.
Arendt this weekend stopped at Iowa, a place he's visited several times. He's become comfortable there.
"It went pretty well. I thought it couldn't have went much better without getting an offer," the 6-foot-, 230-pounder from Triopia High (Concord, IL) said. "I got some good time with (Coaches Kirk and Brian) Ferentz and coach (Chris) White. I was the only running back there so I got to ask all of the questions I needed. I got to sit in on position meetings and I really enjoyed how little recruits there were so we could talk to each coach a lot."
Arendt has family in Iowa. He is signed up for the Hawkeye Strength and Conditioning Camp with Coach Chris Doyle on May 3.
"(The Ferentzes and White) said I will have to camp (at Iowa this summer) for sure, but they will come watch me at coach Doyle's strength and conditioning camp just to see how I move. I do think I am moving up on their recruiting list, but they don't typically offer a fullback. I like that Coach White does special teams also since I long snap," Arendt said.
Arendt said he felt welcomed at the position meeting with White and his running backs.
"I like what Coach White does and teaches. He is a great coach. And getting to be with Mark Weisman was pretty sweet since him and I have a similar game style," Arendt said. "He didn't get to talk much since he had to focus on the task at hand. But he seems like a great guy."
Iowa State also is showing sincere interest in Arendt, he said.
"I've been on a lot of visits lately. I would say Iowa State seems the most interested right now. They like me since they want two big backs, not just a fullback," he said.
Arendt said he will be at the Illinois Spring Game on Saturday and likely at the Iowa spring scrimmage on April 26. He also is looking at attending Missouri's spring game on April 19.
"I will be camping a lot this summer, and a lot of (coaches) are supposed to come to the school (during the May open period)," he said.