Chance Early set out to prove the doubters wrong this summer. So far, he has appeared to make good on his goal.
"I've actually done real well at these camps," the son of former Hawkeye and NFL wideout Quinn Early said.
The young Early camped in Iowa City last weekend and was asked to call back recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson Wednesday night.
"He said he was impressed with how much I've improved and gotten bigger and faster," said Early, who camped at Iowa last summer. "He told me that they're going to keep a close eye on me and watch me this season. It was really good to hear. I‘ve put in a lot of work."
Arizona provided Early with similar feedback.
"The wide receiver coach and Coach Mike Stoops (former Hawkeye) said they liked how much I improved, got bigger and looked more smooth," Early said. "They seem to have a lot of interest."
Early didn't get to perform much at the Arizona State camp. He was nursing a sore hamstring.
Arizona and Iowa have told Early that they like what they see, but they want to see more this fall.
"This season, I'm going to have to perform really well," Early said. "Most of the coaches have said they're interested and they like me but they want to see how me and my team do this fall. Next season is a big season for me."