Asked what he hoped to see on his second visit to Iowa in less than a month, Georgia Defensive Back Jordan Eastling answered the question with a succinct question of his own.
“Is it going be a perfect fit for both of us?” he said.
Eastling believes that Iowa is the right place for him. He’s looking to make sure of it Saturday when he returns to Kinnick Stadium for its game against Purdue.
“It’s really just a feeling. But ever since I first went to camp I knew Iowa was going to be the school for me. But I just want to confirm it this Saturday,” he said.
The Decatur (GA) Southwest Dekalb High standout also reports scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Georgia Southern and Western Kentucky, among others. Rivals ranks the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder as a two-star recruit and he’s unrated by Scout and 247.
Eastling said that he feels close to making a decision. And that could come this weekend at Iowa if everything falls into place.
“Yes (he could commit) if they like a 4.4 (40-yard dash) speed guy with a 39-inch (vertical leap), a mirror image of Desmond King, a hard worker in the classroom and just someone who flat out loves the game,” he said.
Eastling’s visit comes on the heals of the de-commitment from Iowa of Tampa DB K.J Sails on Tuesday. The Hawkeyes have 23 known verbals in the 2016 Class with only two spots remaining unless there’s attrition from the current team.
Iowa continued recruiting Eastling even after Sails pledged just two weeks ago. The coaches are doing the same thing with Largo (FL) High DB Brandon Drayton, who is trying to get to Iowa for a visit.
This could come down to whoever grabs the ride first gets a seat on the bus. And that looks like it could be Eastling after what he saw on Oct. 31.
“I enjoyed how the coaches interacted with the players and made me feel at home. I can tell by just driving through the city I can see that they love their Hawkeye football and I would love to be a part of that,” said Eastling, who is considering Business and Biology majors.