On and off the field Dorrestein is focused

Perry Dorrestein currently has two scholarship offers from Big 12 schools – Iowa State and Nebraska. Nebraska pulled off a squeaker in Lincoln last Saturday but it won't affect the 6-foot-7, 305 pounders decision when it comes to picking a college.

"Winning or losing a football game doesn't matter," Dorrestein said. "It's where I'm going to spend the next four years of my life. Both Iowa State and Nebraska have good programs."


Though he's gathering all sorts of attention, Dorrestein isn't too rushed when it comes to picking a college. In fact he plans on waiting until his high school season is over before deciding.


"I'm definitely going to give Iowa State a serious look and later after my season is over I'm definitely going to take a look at them and set up an official visit," Dorrestein said.


One thing that Dorrestein is really into is the atmosphere of the stadium that he will be playing in. Jack Trice Stadium impressed him when the Cyclones took on Iowa on Sept. 10.


"I heard about the crowd and I was just like ‘wow'," Dorrestein said.


He was also impressed with what he saw from the Cyclones on the field.


"That Iowa game really surprised me actually," Dorrestein said. "Iowa's been a powerhouse and have had the Cy-Hawk trophy for awhile but I was really impressed by that game."


Before Dorrestein makes his college choice he wants to go on some visits and go to a couple of schools. Along with Iowa State and Nebraska: Michigan, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Purdue are all still in the mix.


In addition to being a solid offensive lineman, Dorrestein is also a focused individual. He's focused on his team's success, his personal performance and his academics.


Dorrestein's high school team is currently 2-4 but that isn't stopping the lineman from focusing on winning the next three games and making the playoffs. Though his team is currently struggling, Dorrestein however is not.


"Individually I'm doing much better than I was last year. I'm averaging about 85 percent of grading out on films," Dorrestein said.


Dorrestein is living proof that hard work in the off season is what makes champions during the season.


"I pretty much lived in the weight room over the summer, after last season and every day at school. I'm now on a five day lifting routine," Dorrestein said.


Dorrestein plans on continuing his recipe for success after his high school season and plans on once again living in the weight room and putting on even more size to his 305 pound frame.


"If I keep improving I think I can compete in the Big 12," Dorrestein said.


If his football skills aren't intriguing enough, Dorrestein is also a very smart individual. He has a 4.3 GPA (out of 5) and scored a 1560 on his SAT. He plans on studying kinesiology and muscle movement.


All of that stuff is really interesting to me," Dorrestein said.


After college Dorrestein wants to go on and be a doctor, physical therapist or a physical trainer.


Dorrestein might be getting a lot of attention on the football field, but he insists that academics are still his number one factor when determining a college.


"Football is a close second," Dorrestein said.


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