IOWA CITY, Iowa – Beau Corrales thought his plans for college were set when he made a verbal commitment to play football at Texas State.
It wasn’t big-time college football, with Texas State being a member of the Sun Belt Conference. But it was an opportunity to play the game that he loves and to have it pay for his college tuition.
Corrales also would be close to home as a native of Georgetown, Texas.
But then some of the schools that play big-time college football, including Iowa, started to show interest.
The Iowa coaches showed more than interest as Corrales, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound receiver, recently received a scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes.
He has since de-committed from Texas State and visited Iowa. Corrales was among approximately 40 recruits who visited Iowa this past weekend.
He affectionately described the visit, which included attending the Iowa football team’s 42-3 victory over Iowa State at a sold-out Kinnick Stadium on Saturday night, as being insane and the people associated with the Iowa program as being genuine.
Corrales saw the new football facilities up close and met with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, strength coach Chris Doyle, receivers coach Bobby Kennedy and director of recruiting Tyler Barnes.
“They all let me know that I would be a great fit for their program and that one thing they promise to offer me is an opportunity,” Corrales said Sunday. “An opportunity to grow as a player and as a person here at Iowa.”
Iowa already has five players from Texas committed to its 2017 recruiting class. Corrales is impressed by that, but he still wasn’t ready to make a decision as of Sunday.
Part of what might be delaying his decision is that some other power five programs, including Wisconsin, are now showing interest in Corrales.
“I’m still kind of feeling things out,” he said. “As my senior has started, there have been a few schools showing interest, so I might just hold out a little longer before making any big decisions.
“I think that maybe after a couple more weeks, when I can figure out where my recruiting process is then I might be able to come up with a time.”