June 24, 2011

Shoff close to a decision?

The Hawkeyes have already landed one verbal commitment from the state of Nebraska and another top prospect could be close to making a decision. With an Iowa offer in hand, Mike Schoff made his first trip to the University of Iowa and came away impressed by what he saw and learned during his stay.

"It was really a great visit," he said. "I really liked him visit to Iowa and got to meet Coach Ferentz and see the facilities."

The 6-foot-6 and 280 pound offensive line prospect from Cambridge, Nebraska came to Iowa City with an offer from the Hawkeyes already in hand. He had a chance on Saturday to work first hand with his potential position coach, Reese Morgan, who is also handling his recruitment and enjoyed the experience of actually being coached by him in camp.

"I could really see myself playing for him and I enjoyed working with him in camp. He has been to my school a few times and I have a really good relationship with him."

The visit also gave Shoff the opportunity to sit down for the first time in person with Head Coach Kirk Ferentz. He enjoyed the conversation that didn't include a high pressure sales pitch from Ferentz.

"It was nice to sit down and talk to him more as a person rather than a football coach," Shoff said. "We really didn't talk a whole lot about football to tell you the truth. It was pretty laid back talking about college life and going into my senior season. We talked some fishing and baseball too."

Right now, Shoff says that Iowa, along with Nebraska, sit at the top of his list of school, although the Huskers have yet to extend a scholarship offer. Shoff recently camped at Nebraska, but left without a scholarship offer.

"I am not really sure where things stand. I thought I would get an offer at camp because I pulled my hamstring there. Obviously it didn't go as well as I had hoped and I haven't heard anything more since then and they just got an offensive line commit the other day."

Shoff says that he wants to end his recruitment before the start of his senior season, so as not to create a distraction for his teammates. He's started to think fairly seriously about ending his recruitment sooner rather than later.

"I am thinking about a commitment," Shoff said. "I'd really like for it to be over before the start of my senior season, so it doesn't distract from my high school team. We have a good shot at winning the state title, so I would like to focus on that instead of taking official visits."

One other factor that could end up working in Iowa's favor is the commitment this week that the Hawkyes received from defensive lineman Drew Ott, who is also from Nebraska and the two are friends.

"It definitely does help," he said. "He is a great player, great athlete, and a good friend too. It would be awesome to get to play with him."

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