It seems as though there has been an ‘on again, off again' relationship between Cedar Rapids wide receiver Adrian Arrington.
It's not that the Iowa staff has ever wavered in their interested of Arrington. The Hawkeye coaches would love for Arrington to select the home state black and gold.
But during the recruiting process, Arrington has talked of his disdain for Iowa's cold winters and has said publicly that if Iowa's current coaching staff were at any other school, he would have committed to them by now.
That is hardly a ringing endorsement that gives Iowa fans the warm and fuzzies.
However, Arrington is making an official campus visit to Iowa City this coming weekend, and the door appears more open for Iowa's chances with Arrington.
"They are one of the main schools I'm interested in. When I looked at my other possibilities for visits, I just decided I was not as interested (in other schools) as I am with Iowa." Arrington said. "I expect the (Iowa official) visit to be a lot like the others (non official visits) I've taken, but I also expect to enjoy it."
Having said all of that, we wondered if there is a chance that Iowa could take over as his leader after this weekend?
"It is certainly a possibility. I have not ruled anything out and until I take the visit I cannot give a definite answer to that question."
There was that crack in the door we were talking about.
When it comes down to deciding a college, Arrington is very straightforward as to his priorities of concern.
"I want playing time, and I believe I can achieve that at any of the schools I'm considering. Michigan will only have 5 or 6 receivers when I am a freshman; depending on whether Braylon (Edwards) enters the league (NFL). Iowa needs receivers badly, and I have gotten the same feeling with the other schools."
Though Arrington feels that his ‘official' visit will be like many of the ‘unofficial' trips down I-380 to the Iowa campus, the Hawkeye coaching staff has told him differently.
"They told me I may feel like I know everything, but I don't. They are telling me this will be a different experience, and I like the fact they are challenging themselves to make this a great time for me."
Josh Clark's Take
I really believe Iowa has a legitimate shot to sign three out of their four main receiving targets, which more than likely would include Josh Morgan, Chris Vaughn, and Adrian Arrington. Morgan is currently on a mid-week visit to North Carolina and will be at Maryland this weekend along with Hawkeye offensive line recruit Jeremy Zuttah. He will sign a letter of intent next week, and will enroll at the school of his choice for spring practice."
Iowa would then likely play Arrington or Vaughn next year while redshirting the other. Morgan has the athletic tools to go along with his size at 6'2, 215-pounds, to immediately come in and take over for Maurice Brown. Iowa is not likely to take back Clint Solomon, and therefore Vaughn or Arrington would add that needed vertical option next fall, as each receiver possesses speed and they have good size as each of them stands in at 6'4.
Iowa is also bringing in two receiver prospects from the state of Florida for visits, including Dillard's Kelvin Chandler. Iowa looks ready to sign a very good receiving class."