A pair of linebackers from Glenville HS in Cleveland, Ohio visited Iowa City this weekend. Despite some difficulties getting out of Chicago, Jermale Hines and Lebron Daniel were finally able to get in to Iowa City.
Both had breakfast with the Iowa coaches before touring various points in campus, including the academic support facilities, learning more about the weight program, and attending one of Iowa's bowl preparation practices. They also spent some time getting to know some of the Iowa players.
"We talked to Albert Young, the running back," Daniel said. "He was pretty straightforward telling us how it was. Chris Rowell, from Cleveland, Ohio. He was straightforward. Kenny Iwebema, we talked to him, he was pretty cool, told us how it was."
The pair were hosted by fellow former-Tarblooders Arvell Nelson and Derrick Smith, both of whom joined Iowa in last year's recruiting class. Having familiar faces in Iowa City certainly helped keep these two young men comfortable.
"(Knowing Nelson and Smith) made it that much easier," Daniel said. "We knew them, so we felt more comfortable, it made it a lot easier to get more comfortable."
The visit made a positive impression on Daniel, despite the cold weather. He said he'd rate it a 9 or 9.5, saying it was a very good visit.
Jermale Hines has a visit to Michigan set for next weekend, but continues to wait for an Ohio State offer, which he said he thinks will be arriving soon. Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio State are all at the top for Hines.
Lebron Daniel has Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin on top, with offers from Iowa and Wisconsin. Michigan has verbally offered him a scholarship, but Daniel has yet to receive that offer in writing. Daniel has no further visits scheduled, yet.
"I just need to schedule some visits so I can start setting stuff down," Daniel said. "Wen I get back to Cleveland, I'll have to start working on that."