Some college football programs create an atmosphere meant to feel like nirvana when hosting recruits. Chase Carter doesn't get that vibe from Iowa.
The Class of 2022 Minneapolis (MN) Minnehaha Academy defensive end officially visited the Hawkeyes during the weekend. He came away feeling he received a genuine picture of what it would be like being a student-athlete at Iowa and that the ones already at the school wanted to be there.
"It was laid back and nothing was forced," Carter told HN. "It seemed like everybody truly enjoyed being there and the culture that they're building. I think that's what stood out to me the most."
Carter (6-6, 215) also officially visited Iowa State and Michigan State this month. He hoped to have a decision made by early August.
"I really don't have a final list of schools. I think my final decision will be the place that feels the most like home. You're going to get home sick and there are points when everybody wants to go home, but I think going somewhere where I'm comfortable with the people I'm around and genuinely like them then I think that will be the place for me," he said.
Junior defensive tackle Noah Shannon made Carter feel at home during his Iowa visit. The Illinois native served as his host.
"He's real cool. He's roommates with Tyrone Tracy. I was with them for the majority of the weekend. They were real cool dudes and it seemed like they genuinely loved the program. They weren't gaslighted by the coaches to tell me all the great things. It seemed like they really liked it and that was real big for me," Carter said.
Additionally, Carter and his family spent quality time with defensive line coach Kelvin Bell, who picked them up from the airport and ate most of the meals with them.
"For me, I got the same guy I talked to the day he offered. He's always been up front and honest. He's down to earth and he doesn't care how many stars you have. We talked about football but we talked just as much about off-the-field topics. He did a good job the whole time keeping my parents involved," Carter said.
His father, Randy Carter, played basketball at Minnesota. Chase also received Division I hoops offers from the Golden Gophers, Florida, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and others, but decided on football at the next level.
Chase Carter is built like a recent Hawkeye who played his position and starred in basketball as a prep.
"The whole weekend, every coach told me how much I remind them of Chauncey Golston and what he was when he first came in (to college). Coach Bell said he's recruiting me hard because of my length. How Chauncey utilized his abilities is exactly how I would have to play," Chase Carter said.
He's interested in studying Broadcast Journalism in college.
"I got a personalized presentation showing people that went to Iowa that went into broadcasting. I enjoyed that a lot," Carter said.
He bonded with some of the other 13 official visitors during the visit, including Nebraska tight end Micah Riley-Ducker and fellow defensive lineman Brian Allen Jr., who's from Illinois but plays for St. Thomas More in Connecticut.
"All of the guys were cool. We talked a lot. It's probably the most I talked to other kids on the visit. It seemed like everybody was down to earth and enjoyed being there," Carter said.
Minnesota High Schools played a shorten spring season for Carter's junior campaign.
Here's a look at his highlights: