When Jacquille Veii re-opened his recruitment last month, he wanted to build a strong bond with the college coaches pursuing him. It became the most important part of his decision-making process.
The Class of 2013 athlete from Maryland took a step in that direction on Friday morning when he played host to Iowa recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson.
"This was the first time I was meeting with him," said Veii, a senior at The Avalon School in Gaithersburg. "I spoke to him on the phone once before. We were just talking about some general stuff, getting to know each other."
Assistant Darrell Wilson recruits Maryland for Iowa. He's built a relationship with Veii. Head Coach Kirk Ferentz also has spoken with the prospect several times on the phone.
"That's a pretty solid part of the coaching staff," Veii said. "I feel comfortable with them. They're easy to talk to. The thing is just getting out there and seeing it.
"(Johnson) just told me that Coach Wilson is my biggest fan and that they really want me out there."
Veii is scheduled to officially visit Iowa on Jan. 25, a week after an official is planned to Pittsburgh. He also excpects to see in person Purdue and Maryland, to which he was committed before opening this up.
"I wouldn't really say that are any leaders right now, but Iowa is definitely starting to creep up there," the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Veii said. "I am open to all of the schools, though. I want to give everyone a chance."
Veii played running back, receiver and cornerback in high school. The Hawkeyes told him they want him as the latter.
"They're looking at me as a DB now because it's a need position," Veii said. "Things could change at any moment, though.
"I don't mind playing (cornerback) in college. I've been playing it my whole life so I'd be pretty comfortable playing that position at the next level. The techniques are more advanced, but it's nothing that I can't handle."
Veii desires early playing time in college. He says he could have that chance at Iowa.
"You never know what can happen," Veii said. "They already have guys that have the experience. But if I can come in there and outshine those guys, then hey, why not."
Iowa graduates starting cornerback Micah Hyde. Fellow No. 1, B.J. Lowery, will be a senior in 2013.
Veii plans to wait until the end of the process before making his final decision.
"I'm going to announce on signing day but I'm probably going to let the coaches know a couple of days before that," he said.
Iowa Recruiting Coordinator Eric Johnson visited 2013 athlete Jacquille Veii in Maryland on Friday. The senior talked about the meeting, his Final Four schools and a decision date in this update.