One of many Iowa-Minnesota battles on the recruiting trail will pit the two programs against one another for three-star cornerback Tyrik Henderson of Glenbard North H.S. in Carol Stream, Illinois. He was one of the top standouts at The Opening regional in Chicago and is one of the better prospects you'll find in the Midwest.
In addition to the Hawkeyes and Gophers, Indiana, Iowa State, Boston College, Missouri, Purdue, Syracuse and Cincinnati have thrown their hat into the ring for his services as well. But the decision for Henderson will come down to the two Big Ten West programs, both of whom he's seen recently.
"Iowa and Minnesota have definitely separated themselves," Henderson said to Scout. "They're neck and neck. It was good to visit them back to back and not far apart to get a feel for how things stand."
Having the visits to Minneapolis and Iowa City consecutively and with little time in between allowed him to make some comparisons and judgments.
"Minnesota is high intense and a very fun practice to be around," Henderson shared. "It was cold but we managed the weather. It was nice and I liked the facility. Everything is relatively new there. I like the foundation that they're setting. It's a rebuild. They're starting from the bottom. They're making themselves good again."
"At Iowa the coaching aspect is much smoother and laid back," he continued. "The coaches are what makes them who they are. The big difference between the two programs is the coaches that Iowa has. Kirk Ferentz isn't rowdy. It was easy to see why their practices were more mild-mannered. But when it came to full-team drills and the scrimmage, that's when the pads started popping together and it was a good time."
With the approaches from the two programs being so different, is there one that attracts Henderson more? He answered that question.
"I like a little bit of both," he responded. "I'm an intense player so I like the intensity and the coaches getting involved. There will also be some days where I'm relaxed, going with the flow of things, chilling, and playing ball."
Henderson will make his decision in the very near future and he has a process and a way to figure out where he'll play his college ball.
"My decision is definitely going to be coming soon," he pointed out. "It'll happen some time before the summer or during the summer. I'm coming down to the home stretch."
"I'll be taking an overnight visit at Iowa for their Spring game on April 21," Henderson added. "I'm also talking to Minnesota about taking another visit with them, and bringing the whole family up there to see how they operate. They've already been to Iowa, but not Minnesota. A choice will come after those two visits."