Last year, Iowa aggressively recruited the Jayhawk Conference for the services of Juco cornerback Walner Belleus. In 2004, they have once again have set their sights on one of the conference's top-flight performers in wide receiver Frantz Hardy.
Hardy will make his first official visit this upcoming weekend to Auburn where he will witness one of the weekend's most prominent games as, the Tigers host the Georgia Bulldogs.
"I'm really looking forward to the visit," said Hardy. "I haven't set any other visits, yet, because there is no rush, but I knew I probably shouldn't have passed on the opportunity to visit Auburn this weekend. I knew I wanted to visit them, and this is as probably as good of a weekend as any."
Hardy has yet to set his visit with the Hawkeyes, but he still says they are one of the schools in line to receive a visit.
"Right now, I'm pretty sure my other visits will go to Iowa, South Carolina, and Florida State. I still have to talk to my coach about getting those visits, and I'm still giving a little consideration to schools like Texas A&M and Cal, but I haven't really been able to talk with their coaches," said Hardy.
The Seminoles became Hardy's most recent offer last week, and many will likely jump to the conclusion that Tallahassee and a return to his home state is where he may end up. Hardy insists he will keep an open mind.
"I just want to play football where I feel the most comfortable," added Hardy, who will play his last game at Butler in their upcoming bowl game on November 20th. "I don't care how many wide receivers are at the school or where it is located; I just want to play with a high comfort level. Really, playing football is what it all comes down to, and whoever gives me that best opportunity is what I'll be looking for."
Hardy's interest in Iowa is due in large part to their coaches having sold the potential comfort level to him.
"Coach (Eric) Johnson just keeps telling me it is one big family up there. He said that I would feel very comfortable up there. He congratulates me for my performances and victories, and we just have regular conversations," stated Hardy.
Hardy also has tuned in to a few of the Hawkeyes' performances this fall.
"They really have been throwing the ball a lot, and the quarterback has been doing a good job. The receivers have done a good job, but also have failed to make some plays in key times, and that is where I feel I can come in and help," concluded Hardy.
Hawks Still Courting WR Nyan Boateng
I spoke with Abraham Lincoln head coach Shawn O'Connor today concerning the recruitment of his star wide receiver, Nyan Boateng. After making an official visit to Nebraska earlier this fall, Boateng completed his second official visit this past weekend to Michigan State. So where will his three remaining visits go?
"Well, I know he had one set-up with USC, but I'm not sure if he will be traveling that far with his current rehab," O'Connor said, referring to Nyan's broken ankle he suffered at the beginning of the season. "I know he wants to officially visit Maryland as they are in his top two along with Nebraska. Really, with him trying to get ready for basketball and just rehabbing the injury, it is unsure what visits he'll end up taking."
While Iowa has not been able to get a visit set with Boateng, they are still under in consideration.
"Well, I know we have narrowed his list down pretty well, having told some schools to no longer call, but he still talks with Coach (Darrell) Wilson. I just spoke with Coach Wilson a week or so back, and they keep telling us he is the guy they want at wide receiver as they think he is a Randy Moss type that can really open things up. I'm not really sure whether Iowa will receive a visit or not right now, but I wouldn't rule anything out," O'Connor said.
Nebraska appears to be the team right now, and if the Hawkeyes have any shot to land Boateng, they need for him to make a visit to Iowa City.