Cyclone and Hawkeye football fans are finding common ground this spring on the landscape of college football recruiting.
Allen Lazard, a blue-chip prospect from Urbandale High School, made headlines Friday when he revealed that even though he has verbally committed to Iowa State, he would take an official recruiting visit to Notre Dame in June. Lazard is considered the nation’s No.1 wide receiver prospect in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.com.
This comes about a month after Iowa commitment Ross Pierschbacher of Cedar Falls, ranked the No.1 offensive guard nationally in the Class of 2014 by Scout.com, said he got a scholarship offer from Nick Saban, coach of national champion Alabama.
Both players said they remained committed to the in-state schools but seemed to leave the door open to a change of heart.
Here’s what Lazard told the Register’s Mark Emmert: “I’m just weighing my options and seeing what Notre Dame has to offer.”
Pierschbacher told the Register’s Andrew Logue after the Crimson Tide offer: “I couldn’t really tell you what’s in the future. A year is a long ways away.”
Verbal commitments are broken all the time. Football pays the bills, so coaches are necessarily relentless on the recruiting trail. And the rules allow them to be, since nothing becomes official until February, when recruits can finally sign on the dotted line.
So, should Iowa State and Iowa fans be worried? Only time will tell. It’s possible one or both have no intention of wavering and want to savor the once-in-a-lifetime recruiting ride with an all-expenses-paid trip to South Bend or Tuscaloosa.
If they change their minds? Nobody can blame them. Like the coaches who are recruiting them, they’re just playing by the rules.
Contact Register sports editor Chad Leistikow at (515) 284-8321 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadLeistikow
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