Cedar Falls lineman Ross Pierschbacher has changed his mind.
The four-star offensive guard has notified the media that he has switched his commitment from the Iowa Hawkeyes to the two-time defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide, according to an email he sent out to several media outlets Sunday.
The Cedar Falls senior-to-be was Iowa’s first 2014 commitment when he said yes to the Hawkeyes back on January 12. Since then, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Pierschbacher received two crucial scholarship offers from major Division I programs – Alabama and Stanford.
The nation’s No. 2 guard for 2014 recently visited the two-time defending national champions and the prestigious academic school in Northern California and was reportedly set to make a final decision a few weeks back.
Pierschbacher, who also has offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Auburn, Wisconsin and Nebraska among others, won’t save the Hawkeyes’ program. But getting a player of this caliber and not letting him leave your state would have been a big step toward turning around a football program that has spun its wheels in the last two seasons.
The fans are worried. They need a jolt. Not a highly touted Iowa high school player who jumps ship.
The fans though may have hurt Iowa’s chances to land the talented prospect. They have a history of jumping all over recruits on recruiting websites or social media networks.
At Iowa State Football Media Day on Sunday, former Iowa commitment and now ISU Cyclone Rodney Coe said his twitter wars with Hawkeye fans is one of the reasons he changed his decision to not play for the University of Iowa.
It would have been nice to see a guy like Pierschbacher stay within the state’s borders.
But can one blame an 18-year-old kid for wanting to play for the best program in college football in Alabama?
I don’t. You shouldn’t either.