Iowa continues pushing hard in recruiting Georgia. This week, it's digging in for pedigree.
Tuesday, the Hawkeyes offered a scholarship to Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, GA) High sophomore receiver Connor Heyward. A day later, they did the same thing with his teammate, Baylen Buchanan, a junior cornerback.
Heyward is the youngest son of the late Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, who starred at Pitt and in the NFL. Buchanan looks up to his father, Ray Buchanan, a longtime NFL defensive back after coming through Louisville.
"Coach LeVar (Woods) visited the school a couple times but he wasn't the one that offered me," Baylen Buchanan said. "It was actually Seth Wallace, the recruiting coordinator. Clifford Browning from TKO, an association that helps kids get offers, talked to Seth Wallace. I've never met him officially but I'm looking forward to it."
Buchanan said he feels comfortable with Woods.
"Coach LeVar is a funny guy. He's very honest, too. And I like that about any coach," Buchanan said.
Buchanan verbally committed to Louisville, his father's alma mater, in June.
"I'm verbal as of now, but I'm definitely keeping my options open and seeing what schools have to offer me as a player because anything can happen," he said.
Having a father that's been through the recruiting process and played at the game's highest level serves Buchanan well.
"He takes me to games and he helps me get in contact with other coaches because they can't call me," Baylen said. "He helps me with my technique on the football field and we train everyday. If it wasn't for him, I don't think I would be where I am at."
Baylen Buchanan, who is considering a college major in business with a minor in finance, is researching what Iowa has to offer.
"One thing that I figured out about them is that they are a Top 2 party school," Buchanan said with a laugh. "I found that interesting. And they have one of the top academic medical centers.
"I know the football team is very hungry and they are looking to improve as a team. They got Tennessee in the Gator Bowl. I'm going to pay attention to that really hard. That's going to be a good one."