Nick Brown visited Iowa last March. Days after that trip, a 15-month long recruiting dead period went into effect.
The restrictions were lifted Tuesday, and Brown will be back camping with the Hawkeyes on June 18. The Watertown (CT) Taft School quarterback feels fortunate to met in-person with the staff before the long period without face-to-face contact.
"I began hearing from Iowa right before the pandemic hit in March (2020)," Brown told HN. "I have a very good relationship with (Iowa quarterback) coach (Ken) O’Keefe. When visiting Iowa last March, we were able to sit down and talk football and really get to know each other."
Brown said he also has a good relationship with Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Georgia Tech. He will be camping at those schools and also with Iowa State, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Penn State this summer.
As a freshman, Brown completed 130 of 231 passes for 1,948 yards and 23 touchdowns. The Taft School was relegated to intra-squad scrimmages and training last fall due to the pandemic.
Brown (6-4, 195) performed well enough as a freshman to pop up on the radar of college coaches. He's also attended the Elite 11 camp and other showcases, where he's garnered attention.
"What coach O’Keefe likes about my game is my ability to make all the throws on the field and be able to stretch the defense out, which makes it a lot harder to cover certain areas of the field. He feels like my pro-style approach to the game will fit well within Iowa’s system," Brown said.
Unlike many prospects visiting Iowa this month for the first time due to the dead period, Brown learned about the Hawkeyes during his first stop.
"What I really like about Iowa is the culture around the campus, and the fan base is one of the best in the country with how supportive they are. I'd like to learn more in-depth about the football program, how it runs and how they do it so well," he said.
Here's a look at Brown's freshman highlights: