"I would just go in and be me," the son of Quinn Early said. "He's always just told me to work hard and not act like I've arrived. He's told me, and I don't know if this is true, that I'm better than he was when he was in high school.
"He did some really big things there (at Iowa). Hopefully, if I go there, I'll have a chance to do some good things, too."
Scout.com ranks Chance Early, a 2011 wide receiver, as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale. The San Diego product still is waiting for his first scholarship offer. Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, Washington, California and UCLA are among the schools showing interest.
"I'm just talking to whoever is interested right now," Chance said. "My dad is helping me a lot in going through it."
Quinn Early played on some of the greatest teams in Iowa history from 1984-87, earning first-team all-Big Ten honors as a senior. San Diego selected him in the third round of the '88 draft and he played 12 seasons in the NFL, racking up 6,448 yards and 40 touchdowns in his career.
"I guess I didn't understand what a big deal that was when it was going on," Chance said. "I remember him playing with the Bills when I was like 6, but he was just dad. Now, it's like, wow, he was the real deal back then."
Chance is no slouch himself.
As a 2009 junior at San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic, the 6-foot, 170-pounder hauled in 35 passes for 988 yards (28.23 YPC) and 12 touchdowns. Chance was named All-CIF San Diego Section, All North County and All-Eastern League, helping Cathedral to the CIF-San Diego Section D-III title.
"I feel like I run pretty good routes and have good quickness," Chance said. "I'd like to get faster and bigger and add strength."
To accomplish the latter, young Early solicited the help of one of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the country – Iowa's Chris Doyle.
"I emailed him just to see what they do so I can work on it," Chance said.
Early is emailing quite a bit with the Iowa coaching staff, he said. The Hawkeyes are familiar with Chance having had him in Iowa City for a camp last summer. He also attended a spring practice.
"It's a great campus with great facilities," Early said. "My dad went there and loved it. I'm really interested and getting a lot of letters and emails from them.
"I really like a lot of the school's that are interested in me, but I'm not sure I want to stay in California or out West. I'm really keeping Iowa on my mind."
Chance said that he never felt pressure from his father to play football. It's a sport he fell in love with by himself. He did notice what his dad was going, however.
"I've always loved football," Chance said. "It's been a passion since I was little. I remember going after balloons and trying to catch them.
"It's been a big part of my life since I was like 7, and my dad has been there to help me out through it all."