Uthoff enjoys visit to Iowa State

The Iowa State coaching staff may fill a few more spots in their 2010 recruiting class before the spring signing period ends but they are already also hot on the trail of many 2011 prospects. One major prospect that they are looking at is Cedar Rapids (IA) Jefferson High School's Jarrod Uthoff who paid a visit to Ames for an unofficial visit on Wednesday afternoon.

"I took a visit to Iowa State a couple weeks ago and then I talked with Coach Hoiberg a couple of days ago and he told me that he really wanted to get to me to campus so that he could meet me."

Jarrod didn't know much about Hoiberg before he became the new head coach at Iowa State but his family members were very happy with the hire.

"My dad and brother remembered him as a player there and they kind of filled me in," said Uthoff. "They were mostly excited when they heard he was getting the job."

The 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward who has scholarship offers from Iowa State, Butler, Indiana, Creighton, Illinois, Arizona State, UNI, Indiana State, Albany, and Northern Colorado told Cyclone Sports Report that his meeting with Hoiberg went very well.

"He seemed like a great guy and I was very impressed with everything that happened today," said Uthoff. "The fact that he has all that NBA experience that he can share with his players is awsome."

Jarrod has mostly been recruited by Iowa State assistant coaches Jeff Rutter and T.J. Otzelberger and he said that they have built a solid relationship and that both coaches have made it clear why they want him at Iowa State.

"My relationship with both of them is real good," he said. "They have told me that they really liked how versatile I am as a player. They feel that if a small guy is guarding me that I can post him up and that if a big guy is guarding me that I can take him out to the perimeter."

Uthoff said that Coach Hoiberg made it very clear on what type of role that Uthoff would play at Iowa State.

"He told me that he would play me at the three so that they could use me to take advantage of certain matchups," he said. "I was very excited to hear that he wanted to use me that way."

Jarrod averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds a game this past season while helping to lead Jefferson High School to its first state tournament in the past eleven years. He is currently playing AAU for the Iowa Barnstormers. He has already taken some early visits and is likely planning more.

"I have also been to Indiana, Creighton, Butler, UNI, and Illinois," said Uthoff. "I have recently been contacted by Wisconsin and Minnesota and so I'm pretty sure that I will be taking a visit to each of those schools."

He told Cyclone Sports Report that he currently has no leader but he did break down the most important criteria in his recruitment.

"The coaching staff is a huge factor and finding out what their style is and how they would use me will be a huge factor," said Uthoff. "The players that they currently have is important and I also will be taking a serious look at the education for each school and the facilities."

He also is pretty sure on when he will end his recruitment.

"I'm not completely sure yet but I would like to make it no later than the end of the summer," said Uthoff. "Then I could just relax and enjoy my senior season. Our goal is to win a state championship."

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