It's also the time of year where the Iowa staff is uncovering the next wave of ‘hidden' gems in the recruiting world and getting them to Iowa City for visits.
This weekend was the time for one of those gems to commit to Iowa.
Dominique Douglas told Kirk Ferentz that he wanted to be a Hawkeye over the weekend and he becomes the latest in a long line of players that Iowa has landed that the so called ‘big boys' of the college football world had yet to offer.
"I don't know why it has taken some bigger schools so long to offer me," said Douglas, who told us that he is 6-foot-1 and 186-pounds. "With Iowa, they saw me on tape and offered me right away. They watched my tape and it was over with from there. They even told me that Ed Hinkel liked my film."
Douglas racked up more than 1,000 receiving yards on 85 catches. 25 of those receptions went for touchdowns. With numbers like that, you would expect that a young man might believe he can come in and compete for time as a freshman.
"They told me I have a chance to play next year. They have only five receivers on scholarship, so that is another reason that I really like Iowa. That, and it's in the Big Ten." Douglas said.
" The players and the people around there are just great. Out there, everyone looks at Iowa as an NFL team. They just take so much pride in that team and they love it. I felt that is where I wanted to be."
Douglas had plenty of time to interact with some future teammates and some members of the ‘old guard' who passed along advice.
"I got to talk to the coaches and I hung out a lot with Clinton Solomon. My host was Marcus Wilson. He was a young guy like me and I hung out with him and Clinton," Douglas said. "They were telling me how they go to a New Years bowl every year, and they are going again this year. They feel that next year will be even better, so I am not going to a losing program. Clinton was showing me all of the rings that they have."
"I talked with Albert Young and Marcus and a bunch of guys. They made me feel comfortable, so it was an easy decision."
Douglas' offers were mostly of the mid-major variety, though Michigan and Ohio State had begun to sniff around.
Douglas was also able to spend some time with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.
"I talked with him (Kirk Ferentz) a lot. He is down to earth and he is real with you. He is telling me how it was down there. Where I am from, things move fast. He told me that things are a different pace down there and that I have to get ready for this year and a new life." Douglas said.
"I think I will like a slower pace of life. I can focus on school more and I am planning on studying sports medicine."
Douglas scored a 23 on his ACT and has a 2.8 grade point average.
Douglas might also be a safety prospect, as his abilities on both sides of the ball promoted Iowa defensive backs coach Phil Parker to comment that Douglas might one of the first offensive players that he has seen that has the ability to play both ways.
Douglas becomes the 11th known verbal commitment for the Hawkeyes. Earlier this fall, Kirk Ferentz said that he expected Iowa to sign around 20 players in this class.