If first impressions mean a lot, Iowa might be in a good position with Marcus Grant. The Class of 2011 receiver feels positive about the Hawkeyes after a phone conversation with assistant coach Eric Johnson Tuesday night.
"I thought it went well," Grant said. "I like Coach Johnson a lot. He made me laugh a lot. He said some funny things.
"He also told me what I wanted to hear and made me feel comfortable."
Iowa extended Grant a scholarship offer earlier this week. The Hawkeyes said they're recruiting him as a wide receiver even though he also plays cornerback at Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts.
"They'd been in contact with my coach for a couple of months so I wasn't too surprised by the offer," the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder said. "I thought it could come sooner or later. It was a very good feeling."
Grant is planning on visiting Iowa this summer and possibly attending a few days of Hawkeye camp.
"I don't know a whole lot about the school," he said. "I've been trying to read up on things sent to me in the mail. I know how popular they are out there because they don't have a pro team. I know it's a good school with a great football tradition."
As a junior, Grant caught 22 passes for 413 yards and six touchdowns and carried the ball 25 times for 349 yards and four scores. He returned three punts for touchdowns and accumulated 31 tackles and two interceptions as a cornerback.
Grant said distance from home will not factor into his college choice.
"I go to a boarding school that's two hours from my home in Carver, Mass.," he said. "I'm comfortable being away from home."
Grant said he's looking into academics at all the schools interested in him.
"Graduation rate is important to me," he said. "I also want to be around football coaches that are real."
Grant also sounds like a player that would fit in well at Iowa.
"I'm a real versatile player," he said. "I can play any position on the field. I'm a play maker, but I also do a lot of the little things that help the team win.
"I like to block and help my teammates. It's definitely not just about me. It's about winning."