It was clear on Sunday when we got our first look at him that one of the top receivers in the country for the 2019 class is St. Louis standout Maurice Massey. Of Francis Howell North High, Massey is a sure-handed, long, and athletic target at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds. That is impressive for someone that is just winding down his sophomore year of high school.
Massey has already collected three offers; Iowa, Iowa State and Boston College. Expect that list to grow and for more scholarship offers to come in droves. He's one of the major talents in the country.
And being the first could pay off for the Hawkeyes.
"Being the first means a lot to me," Massey said. "That's meaningful and that will stay on my mind the whole way through. It has to. They were the first to take a chance on me."
They were the first and it caught Massey off guard. It came on his visit to Iowa City on March 5, and he did not expect the trip to yield those kinds of results.
"The offer was a surprise," he pointed out. "I thought it was just going to be a casual visit and an opportunity for all of us to get to know each other. I didn't expect the offer."
"They're a family," Massey continued about what he learned on his visit to check out the Hawkeyes. "They work together as a unit and I love that. They're all helpful. The head coach is amazing. They're about family and the team. I definitely plan on visiting again in the summer. I'm going to have to."
Iowa assistant LeVar Woods is one of the top recruiters on the staff and his ability on the trail could give the Hawkeyes an edge once again.
"Coach Woods is my guy," Massey noted. "Just the way he talks makes you want to listen all the time. He makes everyone seem like his favorite person. I love the way he presents himself."
Massey isn't hearing a ton on the recruiting trail just yet, but that is expected to change in the near future. After all, he's just a 2019 recruit, still. One school to keep an eye on that could be next is Missouri. The Tigers are obviously the in-state school and are hovering around.
"I have been looking into Missouri," he shared. "They've been showing interest."