2017 St. Louis Running Back Andrew Clair Loves Iowa

2017 St. Louis running back Andrew Clair says the coaches at Iowa set them apart.

St. Louis (Mo.) University 2017 running back  will be a name to know in his graduating class as he'll be one of the top prospects in the state of Missouri. He has one offer so far, from Iowa, with a lot of interest from other schools such as Arkansas, Penn State, Indiana, and Notre Dame.

The Hawkeyes are the only school to offer Clair thus far but do not expect that to change. He's a talented back that will continue to rake in offers and interest from programs across the country, especially after they watch his junior film.

His offer from Kirk Ferentz and Iowa came as a surprise to him.

"The offer from Iowa came around November of last year," Clair said. "I received an email my coach saying I needed to call them so I called Coach Reid of Iowa. We talked for a while. Out of the blue, he said they wanted to offer me. It was amazing. I was ecstatic and surprised. All I could say was 'thank you'."

Clair had already visited the Hawkeyes last June and was able to spend time with the head coach, Kirk Ferentz. He made a return trip this past weekend to see Iowa host Minnesota for a night game in front of a sellout crowd.

"Coach Woods is the recruiter for my area now but I didn't run into him on Saturday," Clair shared. "I spoke with Coach Bell and Coach Reid for a little. It was a great time and I loved watching the running backs. They involved a lot of different ones and LeShun Daniels had 26 carries. That just adds to my interest in them. They use a bunch of different guys. It shows me that they love to use a downhill running attack. There's playing time always available. I know I'd be able to showcase my talent there."

Speaking of his interest in Iowa, it is about as high as can be right now.

"I really do like Iowa," Clair admitted. I love to go down there. Iowa is my top choice right now. Even though it is my only offer, they'd be my top choice even if the other schools had offered. My interest level is very high. I love the coaching staff. Other people have told me that it's what sets them apart from everyone else. I experience that when I'm there. They're nice and warm-hearted. It sets them apart for sure."

"It's also about the type of bond I have developed with their players and some of the commits, too," he added. "I get along very well with Amani Hooker and Toren Young. Greg Mabin and a few of the other players also have been very good to us."

The Hawkeye staff did get a bit of time to speak with Clair as they prepared for their game against the Big Ten rival Gophers. 

"They told me Saturday that they don't know where they will put me if I were to commit," Clair revealed. "They could put me on either side of the ball. They think I can play anywhere. I do hope I can be a running back but I also can play defensive back because I like to deliver the hits sometime instead of taking them."

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