Gunner Kiel wanted to see what all the talk was about. He'd heard about the pink locker rooms at Kinnick Stadium.
"I think I saw it on ESPN when watching one of (Iowa's) games," the 2012 Quarterback prospect said. "I wanted to see it. It was pretty funny."
Kiel visited Iowa last week before traveling to Missouri. Those were the first two programs he's seen in person.
"Iowa had a great campus with great facilities," the 6-foot-4, 195-pound signal caller said. "I got a chance to meet with all the coaches. I was impressed."
Kiel, who has secured scholarship offers from Iowa, Indiana, Colorado, Missouri, Purdue and Wisconsin, hails from Columbus, Ind. His family is close friends with the family of A.J. Edds, who wrapped up his Iowa career last fall and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in April.
"I watched Iowa quite a bit because I watched A.J.," Kiel said. "I'm pretty familiar with their success and what they like to do."
Kiel captured all-conference honors as a sophomore. He completed 68 percent of his passes for 2,200 yards and 25 touchdowns. He added 400 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
Kiel's older brothers, Drew and Dusty, play at Illinois State and Indiana, respectively.
"It's a privilege," Kiel said of the interest he's already receiving from BCS programs. "I'm very blessed and I feel honored that all these colleges are looking at me. I'm not really close to making any type of decision. I'm just taking things step by step and looking at education and football."
The Iowa coaches talked with Kiel about those very things on his visit. He pictured himself fitting in well with the Hawkeyes.
"I'm kind of a do-it-all quarterback," Kiel said. "I'm real competitive and hard working. I love to win and like to see my team do well."