Pirsig Sees Iowa, Again

Jonah Pirsig is familiar with Iowa City and the Hawkeyes. Still, the top '12 lineman came in for another look last weekend.

The Iowa coaches aren't trying anything fancy in recruiting Jonah Pirsig. No gimmicks. No empty promises.

"They pretty much have told me the same thing from the start," the 2012 standout offensive tackle said. "They recruit players that are identical to the great players they've already had. That kind of sticks in my head."

Pirsig attended Iowa's open practice on Saturday, the second year in a row he's been at the spring event. He's also attended Iowa football games.

"All of the schools that have offered are firmly in there," Pirsig said. "But Iowa was the first to offer and they will be in there to the end."

Scout.com rates the 6-foot-9, 290-pound Pirsig as a four-star prospect on it's five-star scale. The service ranks him as the 34th-best tackle in the '12 class.

Pirsig holds offers from Auburn, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin. He doesn't rank the schools.

"I'll probably start narrowing things down in the summer," he said. "I'd like to have a decision before my season starts. I don't want (recruiting) getting in my hair.

"But if it comes down to my season and I'm not ready, I'm not going to force it."

Pirsig will visit home-state Minnesota this weekend. He doesn't have any other trips planned.

Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota will play host to Pirsig at camps this summer.

"I'm going to start going through the brochures soon to see if I'll go anywhere else," he said.

Pirsig said he didn't see anything new at Iowa Saturday. It was the first time he brought his family.

"Some of them are Hawkeye fans and they got a behind-the-scenes look to see what goes on with Iowa football," Pirsig said. "That was great for them. For others, it was a chance to see what happens at a big-time football program. That was cool for me as well."

The Hawkeye coaches reiterated to Pirsig how much they want him in black and gold.

"They let me know I was the first lineman to get an offer in this class," he said. "They told me I still was the No. 1 lineman in the class for them. They compared me to other great linemen they've had."

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