Christian Janis was looking forward to turning the heads of college scouts going into the 2021 football season. The Iowa City West receiver hit the ground running with five receptions for 25 yards and a touchdown through the first half of the opener.
And then it ended. Janis broke his collarbone in the third quarter and missed the rest of the year, which greatly impacted his recruitment.
“I feel like your junior season is a really crucial year, especially for getting your name out there to recruiters,” Janis told HF. “Unfortunately, I lost that season, so I gotta play every game as if it were my last.”
He’s done just that. Through three games, Janis (6-4, 180) has 14 receptions for 372 yards and five touchdowns. He’s also returned two punts for 89 yards and a score, returned five kicks for 91 yards and added a 42-yard Pick-6.
College coaches are taking notice. He will visit Iowa for Saturday’s game against Nevada after attending the CyHawk contest at Kinnick Stadium last week.
“I really enjoyed getting to experience something like that with my family and my teammate, Mason Woods. Being surrounded by that type of environment is something I dreamed about being a part of as a kid. Getting a glimpse of it was really fun,” Janis said.
It was an easy decision for Janis to come back to Kinnick this week when invited.
“I decided to come back because I really enjoyed the last visit and enjoy watching the game I love,” he said.
Janis has enjoyed his conversations with the Iowa coaches. They have not told him where he is on their recruiting board.
“I feel like they are interested in me due to them inviting me to games, but nothing has been talked about officially,” he said. “I feel like Iowa has a really good program, and I am interested in learning more about them.”
Upper Iowa and Grandview have offered Janis scholarships. He expected to visit Minnesota and Minnesota State this fall.
With the way Janis is playing, it’s probable that more schools will be checking in with him.