Chasson Randle has said that building a relationship with a college head coach ranks as one of the most important aspects of his recruitment. If Fran McCaffery didn't know that, he must have read the combo guard's mind.
The new Iowa Head Man traveled to the Quad Cities with assistant Andrew Francis on Friday to fit a visit with Randle into their busy schedule. McCaffery also visited 2010 Hawkeye signee Roy Marble Jr. in Michigan the same day.
"With the last (Iowa) staff, it was just Coach J (LaVall Jordon recruiting him)," Randle said. "It meant a lot to me that Coach McCaffery was here. That's something that's important to me."
Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-2, 165-pound Randle as it's 13th best shooting guard nationally in the Class of 2011. The Rock Island High product is a four-star prospect on a five-star scale.
"We talked about how he sees me fitting in with them and how they were going to be involved in recruiting me," Randle said of his visit with McCaffery. "I heard how he was a good guy and a gentleman and that's how he was. I would like to learn more about him and his system.
"I definitely will look more into Iowa now."
Randle said that he's encouraged by McCaffery's history of player development and the up-tempo game in which he employs.
"From what I hear, it fits my style," Randle said. "I like to play up and down and get the ball moving to create opportunities for teammates and myself."
Randle said that he will come to Iowa City soon to watch tape of their system and discuss how he might fit into it. McCaffery also conveyed to Randle that he would return to the Quad Cities for an open gym this week.
So, do the Hawkeyes have catching up to do?
"In their minds, they're probably thinking that," Randle said. "I guess in my mind, I probably think that, too, in a way. They're a new staff and I'm a junior going into my senior year and my recruitment is winding down.
"But I'm looking forward to getting to know them better and we'll see what happens."
Randle said there's time for the new Iowa staff to impact where he decides to go to school.
"I'm going to take some official visits before I make my decision," he said. "I'm not going to do anything before that. I'm still enjoying the process and really thankful for the opportunity to be recruited by these schools. I'm just taking it step by step."
Randle and his Illinois Wolves AAU teammates got some practice in this weekend at a charity tournament as they prepare for a competitive summer schedule.
"I definitely want to prove and show more than I have," he said. "I want to use this summer to get better. I never want to settle for where I'm at."