Kyle Meyer could have waited. A school currently experiencing a higher level of success might have come calling on the talented big man. Guys like him blow up every year during the summer AAU evaluation period.
"A lot of those teams are looking to fill out their roster or wanting to bring you in to redshirt or look at you as a developmental player that might pan our some day," Meyer said. "I wanted to go somewhere where they offered early and believed I could come in and make a difference."
That's the main reason the 6-foot-10, 210-pound power forward from Georgia announced his verbal commitment to Iowa on Monday. He became the first '12 recruit for Coach Fran McCaffery, who he told of his decision last week.
"I just had some questions about my paperwork and minor things before I went public," he said.
"They just didn't seem to really know what they wanted," Meyer said. "I just felt a lot less comfortable with that situation, waiting. Iowa knew what they were doing with me and were going in my direction. They believe I can come in and help rebuild the program."
Iowa coaches can't speak about Meyer until he signs a national letter of intent. Signing day for his class is in November. The verbal commitment is non-binding.
"I'm pretty solid with this commitment," Meyer said. "I'm not going to be looking around for a higher offer. This is it."
Meyer first visited Iowa during the fall. He came back for the Iowa-Michigan basketball game last month.
"I really like how Coach McCaffery tells his players exactly what he wants," Meyer said. "When i was there for the Michigan game, I saw him get right into each player's face and say, "This is what I want. This is what we need." There aren't any games.
"I certainly am not going in there expecting to have a starting spot waiting for me. I know I'll have to work for it. But I also know that he believes that I can come in and be a piece that helps return the program to where it wants to be."
McCaffery has told Meyer that he sees him as a face-up power forward.
"I think I fit well into the motion offense," Meyer said.
Iowa is high on the list of '12 big man Adam Woodbury of Sioux City. The seven-footer is more of a center, so he would fit nicely with Meyer.
Meyer hopes to major in physical therapy/athletic training in college.
"That was important in my decision, too," he said. "Iowa is very strong in that field."
Meyer said he likely would use an official visit to Iowa in the fall. He would begin his career at Iowa during the '12-13 school year.