For Fostoria, Ohio's Micah Hyde, he didn't have to wait long before knowing he wouldn't have to pay for college because he received several offers from MAC schools earlier in 2008.
Yet the 6-0, 175-pound Hyde knew where he belonged, and that was in the Big Ten.
He had a shot to make that dream a reality this weekend when Iowa invited him for an official campus visit.
"I know I can play in the Big Ten, and that has been my goal. And with Iowa, I knew that it was a good football school, but I didn't know about the academics when I went out there. They filled me in." Hyde said about his recently completed visit. "It was nice. When I went out there, I didn't expect anything because I had never been there before. I saw the facilities and met the people; the people are great. They welcome you and it was real fun, all around."
A fun visit, or a good visit, wasn't the goal that Hyde had before he came to Iowa City.
"I went out there hoping to get an offer."
Enter the regularly scheduled meeting between all of Iowa's visitors and Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.
"I had a scheduled meeting with him, as all of the players do. So I went into his office and sat and talked with him for a little bit, and he was like ‘So what do you think about the trip?'
"I said it was nice, real nice, I like the people, the facilities, everything about it. Then he was like, ‘That is good.'"
So I told him again that I liked it, but that I was just waiting. He said ‘Waiting for what?' and I said ‘an offer.'
"He said, ‘Well, you've got it.', so I said, ‘That's good, because I am coming here.' He told me, ‘That's good to know,' and we laughed and talked a little more. I couldn't have asked for a better situation than the one I have before me."
Not only is Hyde a good story teller, he is also a very good athlete. He was a small class 1st Team All State prospect in Ohio, and he did everything but sell the popcorn. He played quarterback, defensive back, he kicked and more. To see one of his videos, CLICK HERE
His all around athleticism and future position (cornerback) has some Iowa fans recalling Jovon Johnson, another all around performer that was overlooked by Big Ten schools, who starred at corner for Iowa. Johnson played much taller than his 5-9/170 frame, and Hyde has three or four inches on him.
" Coach (Phil) Parker says that he has real high hopes for me so we will see how that turns out. I just try to go out there and make plays, it's what I have always tried to do, and I think that I have a pretty good track record.
Hyde will enter Iowa undecided as it relates to his degree, but he hopes to enter into Mechanical Engineering studies at some point.
Hyde had offers from Cincinnati, Ball State, Bowling Green, Ohio and Toledo, in addition to his offer from Iowa.