IOWA CITY, Ia. - David Parry is one of those guys at whom underachievers marvel. He makes the most out of his natural gifts and strives for more.
The offensive lineman from Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa) High officially visited the University of Iowa this weekend. Although he left campus without a scholarship offer, you can tell why the Hawkeyes would want to impress this kid.
"A lot of guys go on a visit and just try to get past the academics," the 6-foot-2, 280-pounder said. "That's just as important as football for me. When I was on my Iowa visit, I was able to sit down with the dean of the law school and it really was enjoyable."
Iowa has told Parry that they'd welcome him into the program as a preferred walk-on.
"Coach (Reese) Morgan and Coach (Kirk) Ferentz both said they were confident I could earn a scholarship real soon once I go," Parry said.
Parry has time. He already holds an academic scholarship to Iowa that would pay for everything but his room and board.
While impressed with Iowa, Parry is scheduled to take an official visit to Stanford next weekend. He said he has family ties to the Bay Area, but does not have an academic scholarship to the school.
"After seeing Iowa, I'm definitely leaning toward walking on (there)," Parry said. "But I want to check out what Stanford has to offer. I should make my decision in the next couple of weeks."
Navy and the Ivy League schools also are after Parry, but he's not looking in that direction.
"I was honored to be recruited by Navy," he said. "They told me that I was the No. 1 offensive lineman on their board. I'm just not sure I'm ready for the commitment that comes with the Academy.
"I love the thought of the Ivy League education, but I want to play bigger ball. I want to play I-A ball no matter how I get there."
Parry would like to earn an athletic scholarship, but his main goal is to start at a BCS school.
"I believe in myself, and my family and coaches believe in me," he said. "I want to show some of the coaches that didn't offer me that I can play at that level."
Iowa is recruiting Parry as a center with the possibility of getting a look at guard. He thinks the transition from prep tackle to inside will be smooth because he's played center at most of the camps he's attended.
Parry enjoyed weekend with his host, Dominic Alvis, and the other players with whom he hung out. The trip finished up at Ferentz's house, where the tradition is to feed the visitors breakfast.
"I thought it was a great touch to the whole visit," Parry said. "It was very welcoming."