Connor Frerichs soaks up football with great appreciation. He's close to the sport he loves almost all the time.
While teammates leave the field after practices or games and the learning stops, Frerichs' tutelage continues. He plays for his father, Scott Frerichs, the head coach at New Hampton (IA) High.
"It's very beneficial," Connor said of working with his dad. "It gives me extra motivation to train and practice harder. It also helps me understand the game more so than my teammates. It's nice to talk about football at home to someone who knows why we are doing what we do every day."
The homestead advantage has developed Connor Frerichs into a college football prospect. The 6-foot, 190-pound Class of 2015 member visited Iowa last Saturday for its game against UNI.
"Their coaches stood out the most. They wanted to get to know me as an athlete and individual. I enjoyed being on the field and getting a tour of the facilities the most. It made everything start to seem very real that I could have those things in my future," Frerichs said.
The Hawkeyes are recruiting Frerichs as a linebacker, he said.
"I talked to coaches (Kelvin) Bell, (Reese) Morgan, (Kirk) Ferentz, and (LeVar) Woods. They just talked to me about my game on Friday, the night before, and how I was doing personally this year so far," Frerichs said.
New Hampton kicked off its '14 campaign with a 42-0 victory against Cresco Crestwood last week. Frerichs accumulated five tackles. As a running back, he rushed 19 times for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Frerichs, who also stars in baseball and track at New Hampton, said he is hearing from smaller schools on the recruiting trail but Iowa is the only Division I program showing him interest.
"I think my best attributes are reading the play fast and communicating with my teammates. What I need to work on is getting rid of blockers faster and increasing my size by lifting," he said.
New Hampton travels to Charles City tonight for a non-district match-up. Connor Frerich's grandfather is a cousin of former Urbandale Coach Denny Frerichs, after whom the J-Hawks named their stadium in 2000.