One of the top in-state prospects in the 2018 class was back at Iowa on Sunday for their Junior Day event. Creston offensive lineman Trevor Downing has been to Iowa City to see the Hawkeyes a handful of times and was able to make it back over the weekend. He came away thrilled with his experience.
"It was a great visit," he said. "I enjoyed visiting Coach Ferentz and meeting Coach Polasek."
The meeting with new offensive line coach Tim Polasek was important. He has some catching up to do in terms of building a bond and relationship with Downing since he was just hired. He'll be the one coaching Downing up should he choose to join the Hawkeye program.
The Cyclones have had more consistency and aggression, and repetition and stronger relationships when it comes to their recruitment of Downing. They offered sooner and have had the same faces in front of him and have hosted him on several visits. Polasek needed to make a strong first initial impression.
"Coach Polasek is easy to talk to and is really down to earth," Downing shared about his first meeting with the new Iowa assistant. "Meeting with both of the coaches and seeing the other recruits was the best part of the trip."
"Iowa has a great tradition of producing linemen and I like how they do their recruiting," he added. "Now I'm just trying to figure out an academic major. I am interested in Agriculture Technology. I will go back over soon to meet with an advisor."
When asked if the Hawkeyes had caught up to the Cyclones in the race for his services, he replied, "They are working on it."
It still seems like Iowa has some work to do to reel in Creston, Iowa offensive lineman Trevor Downing.