Sioux City's Quenton James is a proven commodity on the field. He now has to get it done away from the gridiron.
"I think that's the main part. If I can get my grades up, I've been told schools will offer," said James, Iowa's top prep receiver in the Class of 2011. "It motivates me. I talk to my mom about it a lot. I have to take care of things in the classroom to get to where I want to be."
"They were all pretty much the same," James said. "You do three, 1½-hour sessions a day. I worked with the prospect receivers groups with Coach (Erik) Campbell (Iowa), Coach (Ted) Gilmore (Nebraska) and Coach (Luke) Wells (Iowa State)."
Iowa was hand writing two letters a week to James, he told me around the first of the year. The Hawkeyes have received three commitments - Marcus Grant, JaCorey Shepherd, Austin Vincent - in the ‘11 Class.
"I'm not sure where I stand with them," James said. "I'm supposed to give them a call soon to see where I stand with them."
James felt like South Dakota State was close to offering him. He also believed Iowa State was serious about bringing him in.
"Coach (Paul) Rhoads and Coach Wells said they really like how I play," James said. "They want to bring in two speedy receivers, two big receivers and one athlete. They said I fit speedy and athletic.
"They said if I get my grades up, they'll offer."