When news broke last week that DeSoto, Texas wide receiver Austin Vincent had committed to Iowa, many Hawkeye fans hadn't heard the name. The 6-foot-2, 178-pound Soon-to-be-senior had been flying under the radar due to limited offensive numbers in 2009, but he had offers from Arizona, Iowa State, and La Tech.
As a junior, Vincent (4.41 seconds, 40-yard dash) caught 17 balls, for just over 200 yards and two touchdowns. He played in an offense that featured running back Marcus Murphy (2010 Missouri signee) and wide receiver Derrius Terrell (2010 Texas signee), so opportunities were limited.
Last week, the wide receiver took in Iowa city for the first time, deciding he needed to be a Hawkeye before heading back to Texas.
"I didn't know too much about the school until I went in for a visit. I had watched a few of their bowls games over the years and knew they were good, but didn't know anything about them," Vincent told HawkeyeInsider.com. "When I took a visit, they embraced me and welcomed me with open arms. They made me feel really important and part of the family."
Impressed with all aspects of the school, it was his relationship with the Iowa staff that put the Hawkeyes over the top with Vincent.
"I'm really cool with my position coach (Coach Erik Campbell). My high school coaches knows a lot of the guys up there, so I knew what I was getting into," Vincent said. "I really connected with some of those guys when I went up there. I really listened to what they had to say and took it all in.
"It's a great program and I had to jump. I didn't know if another school like that would offer me, so I didn't want to miss out an opportunity."
Vincent might have had limited opportunities in the DeSoto offense as a junior, but he is expecting to put up big numbers at Iowa in the near future.
"They told me that I would get 1000 yards a season and the ball put into my hands. I had to listen to that," the 2011 commitment said. "When they started recruiting me, Coach Campbell only looked at me for about 2 minutes and said he really wanted me. They told me that I really remind them of Marvin McNutt, my body type is very similar. They aren't worried about me getting any bigger. They are just wanting me to get faster."
Iowa isn't worried about Vincent getting any bigger, but the recruit is. He is working hard in the weight room this summer to get slightly over 180 pounds and be stronger at the line.
"I just want to be a little more physical. I don't want to get so big that I lose my speed, so I'm just focused on staying in shape and toning," Vincent said.
DeSoto finished 9-3 last year and won their district. They are expected to repeat as 11-5A district champions again this year, edging out Tyler Lee and Longview. They return six starters on offense and four on defense, including quarterback Ryan Polite. Polite has started since his freshman year and will look to earn a scholarship somewhere during his final season.
Joining Vincent as a wideout will be future D-1 player David Porter. Porter caught 64 balls last season for over 1000 yards and nine touchdowns. Also at receiver for DeSoto will be Cameron White, who held an Iowa offer, before committing to TCU last week.
HawkeyeInsider.com will try to catch up with Vincent at the Texas state 7-on-7 championships next week.