Being from Urbandale with high school teammates already at Iowa, Kai Black knows about the Hawkeyes' consistent success under head coach Kirk Ferentz. The in-state receiver/tight end values it.
So, when they offered him a scholarship following a camp with them on Friday, it meant a lot.
"The Iowa offer was special because, not only is it one of my first scholarship offers, but I have a chance to be a part of such a respectable program, and the opportunity to be coached by Kirk Ferentz is amazing in my eyes," Black told HN.
"It’s also a huge confidence boost for me, being able to tell people that the University of Iowa wants me on their football team."
Rivals lists the 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior-to-be as tight end. 247Sports shows him as a receiver. For now, Iowa sees him as the latter knowing he has two years of high school left.
"The (Iowa) coach that offered me was receiver coach (Kelton) Copeland, who pulled me aside in between 1-on-1 periods and told me that they were offering me," Black said.
"He said that throughout the camp they could tell that I was a Division-I-level athlete, and that my development has great potential. He also told me that he was excited to work with me in the future."
Iowa State offered Black earlier this month when he camped there. Wisconsin has shown him interest.
Black felt Iowa's camp would have benefited him even if the offer didn't come.
"I loved how organized the camp was. Detail oriented drills and fluid transitions between every part of the camp made it very enjoyable to attend," he said.
Iowa has been one of the country's most successful programs at developing NFL talent. That has stood out to Black.
"What I like about Iowa so far is how centered they are on the development of their players. I know their mindset is that in order for their team to be the best, they have to improve the individuals that make up the team," he said.
Black has time on his side when it comes to making his college decision. He can visit campuses for game days this fall and absorb the environments.
"I would love to learn more about the day in the life of an Iowa Football player, and what it means to be a Hawkeye outside of football," he said.
For more information about that, he can lean on former Urbandale players Jaden Harrell and Max Llewellyn, a pair of first-year freshmen with the Hawkeyes.
"I talked to Max (Friday) night. He says he loves it up there at Iowa. He didn’t tell me much about the specific details of his time there, but he said it was amazing and that I should consider going there as well," Black said.
As a sophomore, Black caught nine passes (third most on team) for 177 yards and three touchdowns (tied for team lead). He also returned two kicks for 28 yards.
Here's a look at Black's sophomore highlights: