December 14, 2012

Gressel recaps official visit

Brant Gressel made his verbal commitment to Iowa back in April. This past weekend, the Ohio native and future defensive lineman for the Hawkeyes, made his official visit and says that the each and every time he comes to Iowa City, it feels more and more like home. He recaps his weekend visit and talks about what the Iowa coaches told him.

Q: Talk about the official visit. What was it like from your perspective?

GRESSEL: I got out there on Friday afternoon. This was my fourth trip to Iowa and I've liked it more and more every time I've gone out there. The Iowa coaches are just so welcoming and they make me feel at home. We got there and they were all there waiting for me. We went into the weight room and they all welcomed my dad and I personally. That felt really good and I was really happy to see all of them again. I thought the official visit was awesome. It was the first time I've been able to spend a lot of time with the players. I also got to spend time with some of the commits that I haven't had a chance to visit with a lot. I spent time with Jon Wisnieski from Des Moines and I also got to spent time with Ike Boettger. They were really cool guys. Then Colin (Goebel), Sean (Welsh) and I spent the whole weekend together kind of bonding.

Q: I would imagine you spent some time this past weekend with your future position coach, Reese Morgan, and maybe some time with defensive coordinator Phil Parker. What did they have to say?

GRESSEL: I spent about 30 minutes to an hour with Coach Morgan. We basically talked about the defensive line and he talked a lot about fundamentals and the keys to playing well on the line. He gave me some things to work on before I get to campus. He talked about the need to say low and use leverage to make plays. We watched some film and then we talked for a while and he gave me an idea of what to expect when I get out there in June or July.

Q: You went to the Iowa State/Iowa basketball game on Friday night. What was that like for you?

GRESSEL: It was a great experience. I know the Iowa State game is a big rivalry game and it was good to see the Hawkeyes win that game. I guess it was a little redemption for what happened in football. It was a great experience because we were four rows up from the floor and Iowa has a great young team. I think it was great to see how the other Iowa teams work and to also see one of the other Iowa teams in the home environment.

Q: Did you like the fan support and reaction that you saw in Carver-Hawkeye and did you have any personal reactions from fans?

GRESSEL: Not a lot, but the fans who were sitting near us knew that we were part of the football teams group. They were telling us to come to Iowa. It is kind of nice to know that the fans support all of the sports at Iowa.

Q: Who was your host this weekend?

GRESSEL: My host this weekend was Austin Blythe. He is a really down to earth guy and answered all the questions I had. He plays offensive line and I know he got hurt this year. I talked to him about it and how he came ack from the injury. He was a really cool guy and I look forward to facing him in camp and continue to learn from him.

Q: You will probably be going head to head with him at times in the future.

GRESSEL: Yeah, we talked about that and had some fun with it. Everyone out there is so big, so I know I have to continue to work hard to get ready.

Q: One of the visitors this past weekend was LeShun Daniels, another Ohio prospect. He is committed to Boston College, but is looking around. Did you get to spend any time with him?

GRESSEL: When we sat down for lunch on Saturday afternoon, we talked to the director of the program I am interested in, which is Engineering. Daniels was in my group and I talked to him a little bit and I tried to find out what he likes. I told him all of the good things about the Iowa program. I know he has a tough decision to make and I am sure he will make the right

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