"It went really well," McDonough said of the visit. "We toured the facilities and stuff like that, then sat in on some player meetings. After the player meetings, we sat around and watched them practice, watched our positions and stuff like that. After that, we went back to Kinnick and chatted with the coaches while eating pizza."
The meetings in particular stood out for Jake.
"I was very surprised when we were able to sit in on the player meetings," he said. "They split it up into individual groups, I thought that was really cool. We sat with the players and watched the film of them practicing. It was just really cool being able to watch the college athletes work."
Early in the process, these sorts of visits really help educate a young athlete about a particular school, especially if they have a specific area they're hoping to learn more about.
"I just wanted to see how they coached," he said. "I know (Former Iowa DL coach Ron) Aiken had moved to Arizona, and they had a new defensive line coach step in. I wanted to see how he did and stuff like that, how he coached. I was very impressed with what I saw up at Iowa."
Jake said plenty of schools have talked about getting him into summer camps, with offers possibly coming at those camps, but a few schools stand out to him early on.
We'll check in with Jake throughout the process.
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