Andrew Clair has plenty of time. He’s just not wasting any of it.
The St. Louis (MO) University High running back was a rare non-senior among a group visiting Iowa’s recruiting tailgate last weekend. The Hawkeyes offered him his first (and only) scholarship in late January. He visited the school during the winter.
Now six months with an Iowa opportunity, Clair (5-10, 170) took another step with the coaches, other commitments and undecided athletes seriously considering the school at this event.
"The academic level and graduation percentage that Iowa holds compared to other schools stood out to me," Clair said. "Also the player panel showed how the players are down to earth people and were real cool. That’s a plus when you have good coaches as well."
Per stlhighschoolsports.com, Clair rushed 83 times for 690 yards (8.3 YPC) and seven touchdowns as a sophomore last season. He also caught seven passes for 108 (15.4 YPR).
"I’m an elusive player that will keep you guessing through the game and would lay the wood with no warning for a team spark," he said.
At the tailgate, Clair said he hung out with ’16 Illinois defensive end Romeo McKnight, who announces his commitment Monday with Iowa positioned well. He also conversed with commits Toren Young and Devonte Young. He talked extensively with the coaches.
"They spoke to me about how being a Hawkeye will benefit you on and off the field because you have to be more than an athlete to play at Iowa. You have to be a great man," Clair said.
The Hawkeyes impressed Clair.
"My feelings towards Iowa are very strong. I like the type of bond the players and coaches have with each other. My family likes the school which helps me like it more," he said.
With half of his high school career in front of him, Clair is approaching the recruiting process deliberately.
"I would like to see more offers and letters from different colleges so I can keep my choices open," he said.
Purdue is pursuing Clair. The coaches are building a bond with him.
"I think Purdue will offer next. I’m getting other letters but I don’t know if anyone will offer besides Purdue (in the near future)," he said.
A pulled hamstring has limited Clair in summer workouts, he said. As a result, the extra free time could allow him to visit more schools, he added.