Izon Pulley is attacking his recruiting proactively. It's an approach designed to yield the most desired result in what will be his biggest life decision to date.
The defensive end from Maryland has visited the Terrapins, Wake Forest, N.C. State and Virginia Tech. Then, he showed an even greater commitment to the process when he traveled half way across the country to Iowa for an unofficial on Feb. 8.
The Hawkeyes have not yet offered a scholarship to Pulley, which often is what it takes to lure a player from another time zone onto campus. The Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, MD) junior felt strongly enough about his relations with Iowa assistant Chris White to make that investment.
"I already had interest in the program so I wanted to see it person," the 6-foot-4, 222-pounder said.
Pulley found it worth his while.
"It was a good trip. I spoke with all of the coaches and they were just telling me how everything works with Iowa; about how it's all about hard work and preparing to dominate. They have everything you need to be successful, you just have to take advantage of it," he said.
One aspect about Iowa stood out above the rest for Pulley.
"Definitely the facilities, they were top dollar all the way round," he said.
Pulley traveled to Iowa with his father. He decided that the distance from his Maryland home was not a factor.
"It wasn't bad. The flight was short and the town was beautiful," he said.
Pulley left Iowa feeling good about his future relationship with the Hawkeyes.
"Hopefully the next step is an offer," he said. "(White) said he had to talk it over with the staff but said I made a good impression when I visited."
Pulley, who plans on majoring in business administration, said his Iowa visit ranked towards the top of his list among his campus stops. He received positive feedback about his on-field performance.
"They like the way I use my hands on the line and make disruptive plays," he said.
Pulley said he will visit Penn State on Feb. 28.