IOWA CITY, Ia. – Ross Pierschbacher set off a Twitter storm Wednesday when he tweeted about receiving a scholarship offer from Alabama football coach Nick Saban.
The offensive lineman from Cedar Falls had previously committed to play for Iowa, and some Hawkeye fans became a little jittery.
So what’s Pierschbacher status now?
“I’m still committed to Iowa,” he said. “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.”
Pierschbacher, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound tackle, is listed as a four-star prospect by Rivals. He also has received offers from Oklahoma and Notre Dame, among others.
Pierschbacher, who will be a senior in the fall, went on to explain that it would likely take a change within the Hawkeye program for him to change his mind.
“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.”
Pierschbacher was scheduled to chat with Saban, but needed to be excused from his fourth-period Spanish class so he could go to the principal’s office.
“We talked on the phone for probably 20 minutes,” Pierschbacher said. “It means a lot to me, because they are the top program.
“It’s pretty cool to think I could play for the number one team in the country, and play at that high of a level.
“It says to me a lot about my game, and I’m pretty happy that I’ve accomplished that.”
When Pierschbacher tweeted the news, not everybody was pleased.
“I instantly got all the favorites and everyone replying back,” he said. “I’m (usually) not the kind of guy to puff out my chest.
“I got some nasty tweets toward me, but whatever.”
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