Bobby Kennedy enjoys his job. It shines through on the field and in recruiting.
The Iowa assistant connects with his wide receivers. His down-to-earth demeanor resonates with prospects.
"I think he's a good man. He has a good personality and he makes the recruiting process unique and fun. He says now that he's recruiting me that we're dating," Texas defensive back Bryce Balous said with a chuckle.
Earlier this month, Iowa extended to Balous a scholarship offer, his first and only one to date.
"I don't know too much about Iowa except that it gets really cold," the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder said with a laugh. "I know there's a new facility being built that's suppose to be great. They have winning seasons and their stands are always packed."
The Hawkeyes view Balous as a safety.
"They like my explosiveness and speed," he said.
Balous qualified Friday for the state track meet in the 100 meters with a time of 10.48 seconds. The McKinney North High product ran a season-best 10.34 in Districts, according to Dyestat.
Louisville and Texas-San Antonio are recruiting Balous, he said. He's also hearing from Division II schools in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
"I was supposed to visit UTSA and one of the D-II schools (last Saturday) , but I had finals for (track) regionals. I'm supposed to visit Iowa in June and I'm really excited for that," Balous said.
Balous is considering a college major in Chemical Engineering. Academics are a big focus in his search for a school.
"I mainly want to get a good education so I can get a good job out of college if I don't make it to the (NFL)," he said.