K.J. Sails attended the first college football game in his life on Saturday. Boy, did he pick a good one.
The Florida defensive back watched Iowa defeat Pittsburgh on a last-second field goal at night in Kinnick Stadium. It also was his first official visit.
"It was crazy environment," Sails said. "It was a great experience for me."
Sails is set to visit Wisconsin officially this coming weekend when the Badgers play host to Hawaii in a night game. It’s his second trip to Madison after stopping there and in Iowa City unofficially in July.
While the Big Ten schools sit in good shape with the Gibsonton (FL) East Bay High standout, he’s not ready to name them his leaders.
"They’re in my top schools but I’m not far along enough to name my favorites," Sails said. "I’m not sure when I’m going to commit but I’m not close to a decision right now."
The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder also reports scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, Utah, Virginia and Wake Forest, among others. Rivals.com ranks Sails as a three-star recruit, the No. 49 safety nationally and the No. 84 player overall in Florida for the 2016 Class.
Sails said he has a good feel for what Iowa has to offer after visiting both unofficially and officially. His latest stop gives him a better connection with the staff.
"I got a good vibe from the coaches," he said. "They talked to me a lot and told me I could come in and play early. That’s important to me. I want to get on the field early."
Sails pictured himself in the Hawkeye defense as he watched Saturday’s game.
"I think I fit in perfect with that defense," he said. "I was impressed with how they played."
Iowa is considering Sails at safety and cornerback.
"I play safety in high school but I really don’t have a preference," he said.
With his official at Iowa in the books, Sails can compare it to this weekend’s Wisconsin visit.
"I’m really looking at the same things I saw (at Iowa)," he said. "I want to see the atmosphere and how the coaches are. I’m excited for it."