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Pierschbacher still a Hawkeye … for now

[ 0 ] July 30, 2013 |

Cedar Falls offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher remains committed to the Iowa football team, but he still isn’t ready to call it a done deal.

Pierschbacher is coming off a whirlwind week that saw him take unofficial visits to two-time defending national champion Alabama and to Stanford.

When asked Tuesday night if he was still committed to Iowa, the four-star prospect said:

“Yeah, I am, um, yeah.”

Pierschbacher said he will decide between Iowa, Stanford and Alabama perhaps as soon as this week.

“I kind of want to sit down with my coaching staff and family and kind of talk things over and just see what they think,” Pierschbacher said. “Ultimately, it’s my decision. But I want to see their take on it and just whatever fits best for me.”

Pierschbacher spoke highly of both Alabama and Stanford, but he said neither program stood out more than the other and that he couldn’t pick a favorite between the two.

“No, not really,” he said. “They were both pretty solid.”

Pierschbacher said he wasn’t pressured to switch his commitment from Iowa during either of his two visits last week. He is Iowa’s most-heralded recruit in the 2014 class and is considered one of the top 100 players nationally in his class.

“They were both very respectful, which I appreciated,” Pierschbacher said of the coaches at Alabama and Stanford. “They’re obviously recruiting me for a reason and would like me to be at their school. But they didn’t bad-mouth Iowa or anything. They both have a lot of respect towards this program.”

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Pierschbacher was the first player to commit to Iowa’s 2014 recruiting class back on Jan. 12. The class has since grown to 12 players, all of whom are high school seniors-to-be.

Pierschbacher has been wavering ever since committing to Iowa. He started by saying he would consider visiting other schools after the 2013 season if Iowa followed up its 4-8 record from last season with another losing season.

He then changed his mind and decided to visit Alabama and Stanford this summer.

And though he could decide this week between the three schools, Pierschbacher said he isn’t sure what will happen if Iowa has another losing season.

“Whatever is happening then, I couldn’t tell you what’s going to happen,” Pierschbacher said.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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