Largo (FL) High Coach Marcus Paschal shares his experiences from Iowa with his players. Any influence on their decision where to attend college ends there.
"He went there and he told me it’s a good program. But he said the decision is up to me so he doesn’t really want to get into all of that. It’s wherever we feel like we fit in the best, wherever we feel like is home," junior safety Brandon Drayton said.
The Hawkeyes hit on Drayton during the last recruiting cycle when pursuing his teammate, Jonathan Crawford, who eventually committed to Indiana with his cousin, Donavan Hale, also a member of Largo’s ’15 class.
"(The Iowa coaches) came down and visited Jonathan and I met some of the them. Then after that they offered (in September)," Drayton said.
The Hawkeyes have maintained a steady quest for the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder.
"Iowa is my top school right now but hopefully I get more offers. As of right now, I would say it’s Iowa. They’ve been showing me the most interest and I really like all of their coaches. I really look forward to going up their over the summer and getting a look at the campus.," Drayton said.
Drayton also reports offers from South Florida, Indiana, South Alabama, Marshall, Georgia Southern and UAB. UCF, FAU, Missouri and Toledo are showing interest, he said.
"I want to find a school that cares about academics more than how you do on the field. I want a place where I get along with everyone on the coaching staff. I want somewhere with nice facilities. I want to play in the big stadium with a big crowd. I would like to get on the field as a freshman. If a school is talking about that, that would be good. I’m trying to get on the field as soon as possible," he said.
Drayton plays safety and wide receiver for Largo. The Hawkeyes see him at safety.
"They said that I would be a good fit for their secondary. They said that they like my length," he said.
Assistant Chris White is leading Iowa’s pursuit of Drayton.
"He’s a really nice dude. He contacts me in some way almost every day. He’s really cool. I got to talk to him on the phone a few weeks ago. I talked to almost all of the coaching staff on the phone that day. I really like all of them. They seem pretty cool," he said.
Crawford and Hale share with Drayton the things they enjoy about Indiana. But like Paschal, they’re allowing him space.
"It would be nice to go and join them but they don’t really get into recruiting me there. They want me to find what fits me the best," he said.
Paschal will travel with Drayton to Iowa this summer. They’re planning on stopping at Indiana as well.
"I want to decide on signing day. That would be a good time for me to commit but you never really know how it will work out," said Drayton, who is considering majors in Criminal Justice and Business.