Programs from around the country are pursuing Cedar Rapids Athlete Christian French. From Notre Dame to Oregon, they're attempting to lure the talented Class of 2011 product out of the Hawkeye State.
Monday night, French placed a local call. Despite the national attention, the Kennedy High standout enjoyed the comforts of home.
"I just got off the phone with (Iowa assistant) Reese Morgan," the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder said. "It was small talk, just checking in. They call my coaches a lot and they relay the messages to me.
"Their interest is pretty evident. We communicate very often in a number of ways."
French claims scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Kansas State, Kansas, Louisville and Texas A&M.
"Right now, they're all pretty even," French said. "I haven't gotten to the point where there's a Top 10 or a Top 5. I don't have them in any order. Everything is still up in the air."
French is being recruited as a tight end and a defensive end. Scout.com ranks him as its 19th best TE in the nation for his class. The recruiting service also awards him three stars on its five-star scale.
"I'm real grateful for all the great schools and programs that are involved with me," French said. "I also know that it's going to a tough decision when it's time to make one. It's great to have all the choices, but it's going to be a tough, tough decision."
French has unofficially visited Iowa (twice), Notre Dame, Iowa State and Missouri. He planned to visit all of those schools again this summer and get to others that are within driving distance. He didn't have any visits set yet.
"I want to see as much as I can," French said. "I'm not sure if I'll take any officials because I'm not sure if I'll make a decision before I can take them. That's really up in the air."
French says that he's built real strong relationships within the Iowa Staff, which has assigned three coaches to the recruitment of him - Morgan (lead guy), Erik Campbell and head man, Kirk Ferentz.
"I've been down there more times than just my two unofficial visits and gotten a chance to see what the program is all about," French said of learning about the Hawkeyes during the recruiting process. "They're hard working people that care. It was interesting to go to practice and see Coach Ferentz. He's not a yeller, but he gets his point across and is intense. I like him a lot.
"Coach Morgan and Coach Campbell are real down to earth and easy to talk to. I like the coaches, the facilities and the school."
French intends to major in business administration when he gets to college.
"Academics will play a big role in my decision," he said.
While sorting through his options and working out, French deals with consistent questions about his decision. His friends and acquaintances voice their opinions on a regular basis.
"People are coming up to me all the time, saying "Christian, just go to Iowa,"" he said. "I get pressure and I understand it. I'm an Iowa fan as well.
"I'm just not comfortable making a decision at this time. So, I just try not to pay too much attention to that stuff and go about my business. I know I'll feel it when it's time to make my decision."
Christian French's stock went through the roof this spring as people looked at his tape and his times on the track. The Cedar Rapids product has received scholarship offers nationwide and has a tough decision on his hands. The Class of 2011 athlete spoke with Hawkeye Insider Monday night and updated us on the process. Find out the latest right here.