Recruiting is about relationships. A special connection could benefit Iowa in the pursuit of one of the country's top offensive tackles.
Among his many scholarship offers, Virginia's Matthew Burrell holds opportunities from nationally prominent programs like Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas. Still, he said he's considering the Hawkeyes' offer he received on Tuesday.
"Yes sir. Me and Coach Reid are tight!" Burrell said when asked if the Hawkeyes have a chance with him.
"Coach Reid" is Iowa assistant Jim Reid, who joined the staff prior to last season following three seasons as associated head coach and the defensive coordinator at Virginia.
"We've had an ongoing relationship since I was in eighth grade," the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Burrell said. "We reconnected and it was like long lost family. He's a great guy."
Burrell met Reid at a University of Virginia football camp when he was in the eighth grade. The coach offered him a Hawkeye scholarship on Tuesday.
Scout.com ranks Burrell as the No. 8 offensive tackle nationally in the 2015 Class. He's a four-start recruit on the service's five-star scale.
"Burrell really fires off the football and is relentless at the point of attack," Scout's Michael Clark wrote in his analysis. "He is very strong and plays with good leverage. Along with his strength, Burrell is extremely athletic and gets to the second level of the defense with ease. He plays very hard and does a nice job finishing his blocks. Overall, he is special player and his best football is ahead of him."
Burrell, who attends Hylton High in Woodbridge, visited Penn State this past weekend. He hasn't set up any more trips at this time, isn't listing favorites and is not sure when he'll commit.