A top target in the 2017 cycle for Iowa is safety Jordan Rowell of Elmhurst, Illinois. He's a three-star athlete that has the ability to play running back or safety but will likely play defense at the next level.
"As far as them recruiting me as a safety, I love it," Rowell stated. "Anywhere they can see me on the field is where I'll play."
His first offer was from the Hawkeyes but he has since been offered by Northern Illinois as well. A few other programs are now sharing a newfound interest in him, too.
Rowell visited Iowa on Sunday with his high school defensive backs coach, Matt Bowen. Yes, that Matt Bowen, the one that played for Iowa. His relationship with Bowen has opened his eyes to Kirk Ferentz's program.
"Yeah I work with Matt Bowen a lot," Rowell said. "He's our defensive backs coach. He's very tight with some of the coaches at Iowa. Some that coached him are still there. It's pretty cool to get the ins and outs like that."
In regards to the visit, it could have not went better for Rowell. He already had a strong affinity for Iowa but his trip to Iowa City seems to have generated even more interest in the Hawkeyes for him.
"As a whole, it was phenomenal," Rowell admitted. "I loved everything. Their indoor facility was gigantic. It was attached to their weight room which made for easy access."
Despite his strong interest in Iowa and the fact that they're one of his few offers, he isn't ready to pull the trigger just yet.
"I'll make my decisoin on where I'm going when I'm sure about everything," Rowell pointed out. "There's no timetable set. At this point, Iowa is very high on the scale."