Ott Clears Air

2012 Iowa verbal commitment Drew Ott caused a stir on Saturday when he attended a home-state Nebraska game decked out in a Husker T-shirt. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the DE prospect and he explained where he sat in his recruitment.

Drew Ott was attending the Nebraska football game in Lincoln Saturday afternoon when he received a text from his aunt.

"She said I was causing quite a stir (on the internet)," Ott said. "I wasn't sure what she was talking about."

Ott was seen before the game standing on the Memorial Stadium field wearing a Nebraska T-shirt. Thousands of in-state football stars have done this for years.

In this day and age of immediate information, Ott quickly figured out what was going on as a picture of him circulated on the web. When you're verbally committed to Iowa, that move was bound to raise a few eyebrows.

"I had no idea it was going to be that big of a deal," he said. "I took my girlfriend and my cousin. They had never been to a Nebraska game and I was able to get tickets. I definitely should have worn a different shirt."

Ott said he did not take part in any of the recruiting tours or gatherings. He went to the game with his girlfriend and cousin and went home afterwards.

"They gave me tickets and I had nothing else going on," Ott said. "I just took some people that wanted to go watch the Huskers play. I just showed up, got the tickets and watched the game."

Ott verbally committed to Iowa on June 21. The Hawkeyes recruited the 6-foot-4 1/2, 230-pounder from Giltner High as a defensive end.

Ott said his relationship with the Huskers has not changed much from the summer.

"They send me letters every once in a while, but they haven't called or talked to me or anything," Ott said. "I've heard they're looking for another (tight end) because other (recruiting targets) have gone other places. That's it, though."

Ott wants to make it clear that he is a Hawkeye.

"I'm still committed to Iowa," he said. "I was just doing something on a Saturday afternoon. I didn't think it would have this big of consequences. I'm still all Iowa."

So, what if Nebraska came forward with a scholarship offer?

"I'd have to see, but I still like Iowa," he said. "There coaches treat me a lot better and I just really like them guys. If Nebraska offered, I wouldn't just drop Iowa.

"I'm sure I'd have to think about it, but I don't think I'd have to think too much. I'm Iowa. And I doubt they're going to offer, so it shouldn't be a big deal."

Iowa Assistant Reese Morgan is scheduled to call Ott on Sunday after they missed each other on Friday.

Ott said he was awakened to how many eyes are on him as a high DI athlete. He said he would proceed with caution from here on out and probably not be wearing Nebraska gear to a Husker game again.

"(Giltner Coach Jeff AShby) called me later on and told me I pissed a lot of people off," Ott said. "Lesson learned. I didn't realize I was in that kind of a situation."


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