January 23, 2012

Ott talks official visit

Drew Ott came to Iowa City this weekend for his official visit already knowing he would be a Hawkeye next fall. The visit only reinforced the decision he made back in June to attend the University of Iowa.

"I had a really good time talking to the coaches and I got to learn a lot more about the program and what I will be experiencing when I get to Iowa," Ott said Sunday evening.

The 6-foot-4 and 235 pound defensive line prospect from Giltner, NE said the highlight was sitting down and spending time with the coaches and his official visit host, Dominic Alvis, and talking about his future and what he needs to do to be successful at Iowa.

"I talked to Coach Woods about the future and we discussed whether I might redshirt in my first year on campus. We didn't make any decisions, but he was very honest with me. Coach Doyle was great to talk to as well," he said. "Dominic Alvis told me that if I come in and work really hard that I will get to where I want to be. He said I just need to be focused on my studies and football."

Since the end of the season, Ott has seen his Iowa's defensive line coach, Rick Kaczenski, leave to take a position on the staff at Nebraska and long time defensive coordinator Norm Parker announced his retirement. Ott, who was recently named to the Parade All American team, said the topic of who the coaches would be was never really discussed.

"I trust that Coach Ferentz is going to hire the right guys, so it really wasn't something I discussed with them."

Ott said he also had two highlights on his visit to Iowa this weekend, putting on the Hawkeye jersey for the first time and dinner at Joseph's in downtown Iowa City.

"It was pretty cool putting the jersey on for the first time," Ott said. "The dinner at Joseph's was really good. I had a big porterhouse steak there."

Ott plans on signing his letter of intent to Iowa on February 1st and in the meantime, he will be playing basketball for Giltner High School.

"So far we are undefeated in basketball. We won the state title last year and we are going to try and repeat it again this year."

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