Iowa Offers ISU Commit

Iowa handed out it's second known in-state offer in the Class of 2012 this week when Cedar Falls RB Barkley Hill was given an opportunity by the Hawkeyes. After verbally committing to Iowa State in April, Hill talks about what the Iowa offer means to him.

Barkley Hill received an unexpected call this week. Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz phoned the Cedar Falls running back on Monday to offer him a scholarship.

It's not unusual for a talented in-state athlete to receive such an opportunity. It is a little different when that player is an Iowa State verbal commitment as is Hill.

"He understands the fact that I'm committed to Iowa State," Hill said of Ferentz. "But your mind is never totally made up or nothing is final up until you sign. He just wanted to make me aware of the opportunities there were at Iowa."

While no decision may be final until signing day in early February, Hill wants to make it clear that he's staying with his original commitment.

"I'm sticking with Iowa State unless something goes wrong there or something changes my mind," the 6-foot, 200-pounder said. "Something would really have to go wrong there or something would have to not come through."

Hill said Iowa has been sending him weekly letters.

"Coach Ferentz said they were just evaluating me a longer time," Hill said. "He said they came in a little later (with an offer) because their process takes a little longer."

Hill attended a few junior days and a summer camp at Iowa. He said he has not planned to camp anywhere this year.

"I (communicated with) the Iowa State coaches this week and explained the whole situation," Hill said. "They know I'm committed to them."

Iowa has handed out two known offers to in-state kids in the 2012 Class - Hill and Dowling's Amara Darboh.

Ferentz told Hill that they are leaving his offer "on the table."

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