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Yes he did, when Iowa offered he said "It took my breath away" He hasn't said that about anyone else.
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
He's visited Alabama, and he did so before he committed to Iowa. Some things that Iowa has over Alabama:
1. More OL picked in the 1st round in the past 10 years. This might change the next couple of years, but it is true for now.
2. Better weather. Alabama doesn't have a winter. I live in a place that doesn't have a winter. It is terrible. If you have allergy issues, there is zero relief.
3. Overall, Iowa is a cut above Alabama academically. This certainly depends on one's academic discipline, but generally Iowa is a better school.
4. More likely to have coaching consistency at Iowa. There are rumors every single year of Saban retiring or jumping back to the NFL. Kirk Ferentz isn't going to be leaving Iowa any time soon.
I'm not really too worried at the moment. I'm sure the decision will be a big one and there is a lot to think about when choosing a college. While the Bama 'ship looks really good right now and will later, I have faith that Ross will stay committed. Just a feeling.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
It's widely known that Ross grew up a HUGE Hawkeye fan. It's been reported that he has a picture of Kinnick hanging on his wall. Ross will be a Hawk.
Also, football players at Iowa are now guaranteed 4-year scholarships when they sign. That isn't the case at Alabama, where they've shown that they are more than willing to cast a player aside if he struggles.
Thanks for the confirmation all. I think it will be pretty hard to turn away from the team he grew up loving...besides, we have a history of turning out OL.
I hope this is a selling point that the Iowa will play.
I know I'm not that up to date with recruiting and don't really follow it that much. But didn't he make a decision already when he committed to Iowa? I understand that's how recruiting goes and Iowa has poached other recruits, I just kind of wish kids would stick with their word more. Did he think there was zero chance of an Alabama offer? Seems like if you commit early you should be held to that somehow. I guess they are still just kids though and it's nice to have options.
From this article, he's about 90% (I'm guessing) sure if nothing "internally changes" in the Hawkeye's coaching position:
EDIT: I've said the same exact thing multiple times on this site. No need to post a link from another site. - TW
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Pierschbacher was in Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl versus Auburn last November. If I'm him, I'd be wondering what took Saban so long to offer?
Few juniors earn invites to The Opening each summer, but Cedar Falls (Iowa) tackle Ross Pierschbacher was one of just three 2014 prospects to attend t
This is true of all B1G schools except (I believe) Illinois, Minnesota and Purdue. Florida does as well. But Alabama does not.
So far we have better academics(depending on major), winter, more OL draftees since Ross was 7, more stable coaches, and guaranteed scholarship.
Heres my rundown:
-If he was interested in academics he wouldve picked ND.
-Most people hate winter and allergies are a made up illness.
-IMO Iowa has no players drafted thru 3 rounds this year, and 2 drafted total. Bama has been lighting up the draft lately.
-KF isnt gonna stay much longer. He publicly hates recruiting/rule changes/schedule changes/conference changes/media/ICPD/single signing period. Doesnt seem like a guy thats having much fun. Last 2 years Iowa has gone thru a complete overhaul. KF enjoys philanthropy and family. 2 things alot easier when retired. Saban seems the opposite. Already tried the NFL and people talk of him retiring because hes so successful.
-The guaranteed scholarship isnt keeping other top players outta the SEC. If Ross feels hes good enough he should feel confident in keeping his ride.
-The ONLY thing I see is proximity.
The article Leo linked above lays it out. Wouldnt you flat out say "As long Kirk Ferentz is at Iowa Im going there. 100%."
Instead he says “I’m hoping nothing goes bad with Iowa’s season,” he said. “If something does, or if everything doesn’t fall their way… there’s always a possibility there.”
“I couldn’t really tell you what’s in the future. A year is a long ways away, and it seems like recruiting is kind of a crazy trail and a lot of things tend to happen.”
He flirted around with Stanford and now Alabama. Read the article.
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I guess it's a good thing you aren't the one being recruited.
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Just because YOU only find one reason doesn't mean everyone does including Ross, if that was the case Alabama wouldn't need to recruit, all the best kids would just go there as soon as offered, well that isn't the case. Plenty of kids offered by Alabama go else where they have had 1 #1 recruiting class (by scout) since 2002 and that was in 2008. Now I can't argue they are great now and I wouldn't blame anyone for going there, not everyone wants to go there.
And better chance for early playing time is another very good reason to go to Iowa. But I am sure for recruits they have many other reasons for choosing a school than anything we discuss here.
FWIW, Alabama offered more than 150 players in the '13 class, but they signed 26, or less than 1 in 5.
I wish we would offer 150 defensive ends so maybe we can land 1......maybe 2
Yeah, but you never know with some kids. I don't think he'd be the type of guy to commit early and then change his mind. I think there should be an early signing period in football just as there is in basketball.
There should def be an early signing period. BUT there should be a rule where if the head coach leaves, the kid can change his mind too.
That's what I favor as well. I'd also add in NCAA sanctions on a school as something that would let a recruit break his LOI.
Completely agree with you guys on this. There would obviously need to be some caveats for both sides (if the head coach leaves, if the kid gets arrested, etc.), but I can't think of a good reason to not have an early signing period.
This from the Gazette:
Pierschbacher said. “I don’t want to make anyone mad, but it is almost a year away and anything can happen. I just don’t want to be left out in the cold if something does happen or something changes. If something were to happen I don’t want to be scrambling at the end, so I think I will take official visits.”
“Now I am looking forward to seeing what they can do this season. I think they have a good team from what I have been seeing, so I’m excited to see what they can do with it.”
My questions are... Anything can happen? Like what? How could you be left out in the cold? If you're so committed to Iowa 100%, why would you feel the need to visit other schools? You look forward to seeing what they can do this next season?
Am I reading this as Pierschbacher maybe having second thoughts about his commitment to Iowa after he is now getting other offers from schools who are playing better football as of lately? Maybe I'm reading into this too much.
I see it as he wants to go to Iowa but he is making sure that he has other options if they are needed. If Iowa somehow wins only three games or something crazy like that a mob of Iowa fans revolts and it causes Kirk to get fired. I might want to have a back up option such as Alabama at that moment. The kid doesn't want to burn bridges sounds smart to me.
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