Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz visited offensive lineman Nolan MacMillan at his school in New Jersey. Then, he flew to Toronto and visited MacMillan’s parents, Paul and Janet.
It’s safe to say that Ferentz wanted MacMillan, a 6-foot-6, 285-pounder, to play for the Hawkeyes.
Thursday, MacMillan, who played this season at The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.), picked the Hawkeyes over Boston College, Virginia and a host of offers. MacMillan’s comfort level with Iowa and Ferentz put the Hawkeyes over the top.
“It starts with coach Ferentz,” MacMillan said. “I had great communication and a great relationship with him from the first time we established contact.”
Defensive assistant Darrell Wilson made contact with MacMillan at The Hun. MacMillan met offensive line coach Reese Morgan and recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson on his official visit. His comfort level only grew from there.
“Iowa made sense,” MacMillan said. “The whole staff is a reflection of coach Ferentz and that’s something I want to be a part of.”
MacMillan played high school football at St. Michael’s College School in his hometown, Toronto. He decided to take the prep school route to gain some exposure. It worked. He had more than 10 offers, from all over the east coast.
The Hun and coach Dave Dudeck might produce as many as eight Football Bowl Subdivision players this season, MacMillan said. In the last nine years, the school has produced 76 FBS players. Florida State all-American and Rhodes scholar Myron Rolle is a Hun grad.
Seemingly, every kid in Canada has to decide if they’re going to be a hockey player. MacMillan played through his freshman year at St. Michael’s before concentrating on football.
MacMillan’s commitment gives Iowa five potential offensive linemen in a class that now has 19 known commitments.
The national signing period begins next Wednesday.
Alright, time for trivia.
I looked up the last Canadian Hawkeye in our archives. This is a tough one. I’m not sure the guy played. His career was cut short by injury. I don’t remember a Canadian playing in the Ferentz era.
So, have at it. I’ll come up with some sort of prize for the winner.