Ke'aun Kinner officially visited Iowa this weekend hoping to find his new college home. No matter how much he liked the Big Ten school, however, he wasn't going to give it his commitment during the trip.
"I'm leaning towards Iowa," he said. "I just promised my family I'd talk with them before I sign with anyone. I'm gonna go home and talk with my family. (Iowa Assistant) Coach (Bobby) Kennedy is going to call me in (Monday) morning and I'll let them know then."
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back jumped onto to the Hawkeyes' radar in the last few weeks. His coach at Navarro College, a JUCO in Texas, talked about his star's relationship with Iowa.
Kinner recently captured Southwest Junior College Football Conference MVP honors after rushing for 1,696 yards and 22 touchdowns this fall. He totaled more than 200 yards in three separate games, including 270 against Trinity Valley.
"(The Hawkeye coaches) like that I'm an every-down back even though I'm not big in size," Kinner said. "They like that I'm considered a fast guy but I also bring power to the table, too."
Kinner said that true freshman safety Miles Taylor hosted him on his Iowa visit.
"He really just showed me around and introduced me to a lot of people," Kinner said. "Iowa City is a lot different than Texas, but I like it a lot though. It's great out there."
The Iowa fans made Kinner feel wanted the whole weekend, he said, including at their sold-out men's basketball game Friday night against Iowa State. The coaches also expressed their desire to have him join the program.
"Coach Kennedy keeps telling me they're fired up to have me," Kinner said.
Mid-year junior college transfers can begin signing with four-year schools on Wednesday. While Kinner hopes to get join his new program in January, he's got work left to do before that can happen.
"I have to take a class before I can graduate," he said. "It starts this week. I don't know yet when it ends because of Christmas break but it's usually two weeks long."