The Iowa football team traditionally asks its incoming freshmen to put on a makeshift talent show when it's breaking camp before the season. If the Hawkeyes end up with Kris Harley, the 2011 recruiting class might have an entertainer for its act.
Asked to describe his style, the defensive tackle from Indiana starts to chuckle and says: "I'm a little bit of power and a little bit of speed. I would say it's more power, though. I like to blow past people and make them feel inferior."
The personable Harley helped Indianapolis' Warren Central High to a state title last month. The 6-foot-1, 265-pound junior was awarded four starts on Scout.com's five-star scale in the service's initial rankings.
Iowa, Stanford and Virginia Tech have offered scholarships to Harley. He's heard from Indiana, Purdue, Alabama, Miami, Northwestern, Ohio State, Kentucky and Virginia. He watched games this season at Ohio State, Indiana and Notre Dame.
"I'm really looking for a school that treats me well," Harley said. "I want to go to a place where I feel at home and get a good education. It seems like all the schools are telling me they can offer me that.
"But I can tell the differences. I can tell within the first 10 minutes if it's a place I should consider."
Harley was very impressed with the scene at the Notre Dame-USC game in South Bend.
"That was such a crazy atmosphere compared to what I'm used to in high school," Harley said. "It was intense. I like that intensity."
Iowa hosted Harley for camp last summer. He said Iowa is sending a lot of mail to him, including a lot of hand-written correspondence from coaches.
"I didn't know much about Iowa until the camp," Harley said. "I've been watching them a lot on TV and I was impressed with their D-Line. They play fast and that's how I like to play. Their defensive line coach (Rick Kaczenski) is intense."
Harley plans to start visiting schools now that his season has concluded. He and his high school coach will travel to Virginia Tech at the end of December.
Warren Central has utilized Harley's athleticism this season, using him on offense as a tight end.
"I even caught a touchdown pass," he said. "I was pretty happy about that."
Harley describes himself as a player that never stops moving and plays until the whistle blows. He's hoping that style attracts more attention from colleges.
"Ultimately, I'm looking for more offers," Harley said. "I'll probably start sending more tape out. I'll probably make a decision before the start of next season."