The recruiting class of 2006, that is.
Several prospects were in town, including 2006-2007 gray-shirt commit Julian Vandervelde. But the prospect with best pedigree of the uncommitted visitors was likely Lance Kendricks of Milwaukee (King High School).
The 6-foot-4, 207-pound Kendricks burst onto the scene this summer after an impressive camp/combine circuit. He ran sub 4.5 forty yard dash times at the USC Nike Camp, and irisheyes.com reported in a June story that he was rated #5 out of 300 participants.
"I could've just gone to the Michigan Nike camp, but I told my dad that we should go somewhere where there would be a lot of coaches to get noticed," Kendricks told IrishEyes.com. "We decided to go out (to California)." LSU offered Kendricks "out of the blue" after that performance, and he told HawkeyeNation.com on Tuesday evening that he also has offers from Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue and Arkansas.
Kendricks' 8/20 visit to Iowa City was worth the visit, he said.
"I liked it. Even though the coaches were busy, I still had a chance to talk with them. I liked the atmosphere there; even though it was a practice. I liked the campus, it was nice and the first time I was there I went straight to the field." Kendricks said.
Kendricks was also somewhat surprised to see 15,000 fans show up for a glorified practice.
"It was kind of crazy. I was wondering where all the people came from."
Kendricks cited a few reasons why Iowa is a school he is seriously considering.
"Every time I turn on the TV and ESPN where they are talking about college football, Iowa is always mentioned. Not only that, but the fact that the coaches are real sociable and they talk to the players. Plus I have a friend from my school who is there now and redshirting (Harrison Wheeler, who is a walk on that played TE & LB for King last year)."
Kendricks said that Iowa has been in contact with him since the end of his freshman year of high school, mostly wide receivers coach Lester Erb.
"I called Coach Erb earlier this week, but I did not get a chance to speak with him, but I was going to call him later tonight. I don't have an offer from Iowa, but I am expecting one from them. If they do offer me, I will definitely consider them strongly." Kendricks said.
Kendricks is also an accomplished triple-jump performer in track and field, leaping better than 47 feet at the US Track and Field Junior Olympics in late July. Kendricks jumped 48-4 ½ at the Wisconsin state meet, a mark that was less than two inches shy of the old state record set back in 1983. Kendricks jumped over 48-10 in August of 2004 at an AAU Junior Olympics event held in Des Moines and has indicated that he would like to run track in college. He will participate in the 2005 AAU Junior Olympic Games August 1-6 in New Orleans.
Kendricks also played cornerback for King last year and handled the punting and kickoff duties.
Last season, Kendricks caught 23 passes for 538 yards, a 23.4 average. He also had five interceptions, including one that he returned 99 yards for a score.
Kendricks said that distance will not necessarily play a factor in his decision.
"Wherever I am the most comfortable, that is where I will go."
In a June 22nd interview with BadgerNation.com, Kendricks stated that Wisconsin had the early advantage because they were closer to home, and that his parents were very high on the Badgers.