With that being said, Iowa is once again looking to strike it rich outside the Midwest, including re-energizing their recruiting efforts in the Sunshine State. One prospect from Florida that has received an offer from the Hawks is quarterback/athlete Jarred Fayson.
"I have a real legitimate interest in Iowa right now," Fayson said. "They used to have a quarterback from Belle Glades, Brad Banks, whose playing style is similar to mine and I know two of their current players very well in Kalvin Bailey and Chris Brevi."
Fayson has heard nothing but positives from the current Hawkeyes who reside in the Tampa area.
"They are always saying good things about Iowa, and speaking very highly about the program. Kalvin really stressed how smart of an approach the Iowa coaches have towards the game. It's a very good offense to play in. When I spoke with Coach (Eric) Johnson back in May, he told me I would fit their offense very well because they like to run bootlegs a lot with their quarterbacks," Fayson stated.
Fayson has also heard quite a few good things about the head coach, Kirk Ferentz.
"My high school coach, Earl Garcia, is always telling me great thing about Coach Ferentz. He is a guru from everything I have read and heard, and seeing how he has taken them to three straight Florida bowls, including beating up Florida real badly, has really impressed me. I also read a story about their former running back, Fred Russell, and how happy he was to end up at Iowa after signing with Michigan and I can just tell it is a great place up there," Fayson said.
The Gators have also offered Fayson, and along with Iowa, currently reside in his top five schools.
"My top five schools that I have been thinking about a lot lately are Miami(FL), Tennessee, Iowa, Florida, and Georgia," said Fayson, who many consider to be the second best quarterback in Florida behind Tim Tebow. "All of them have told me they will give me a shot at quarterback, and I want to make sure that I receive a legitimate shot, but I also will be fine playing elsewhere if that is what the team needs. I know I could very well end up playing wide receiver or cornerback, but I am confident that I can play quarterback, too."
Fayson noted that he has yet to talk about any visits with Iowa, but plans to do so when he hears back from them this fall. In the meantime, he is no rush to make a decision.
"I want to take all five of my official visits, and make sure that I go to a place where I know I will be developed to my best ability. I would like to know I have a great shot of making the field within the first couple years I'm there, and then if everything goes accordingly with Mr. (Tom) Lemming, hopefully I will be selected for the US Army All-American Game, and I will make my decision there," Fayson stated.