Bevins Open to Iowa

When Collin Bevins verbally committed to Iowa State this summer, he felt his mind was made up. Then, Iowa came through with an offer at the end of last month. The '12 DE from Creston, Iowa is having second thoughts.

Collin Bevins decided. He picked his college. Iowa State was the place. The stress was gone.

Then, Iowa came forward with a scholarship offer on Sept. 30. Suddenly, the picture blurred.

"I'm still committed to Iowa State," Blevins said. "But I was excited to get the Iowa offer. It's given me a lot to think about.

"I'm going to visit Iowa and then go from there. We'll see."

Blevins is planning to check out the Hawkeyes unofficially this Saturday when they play host to Northwestern. It's the first time he will see a game at Kinnick Stadium as a recruit. ranks the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Creston (Iowa) High product as a two-star recruit on its five-star scale. The service does not rank him nationally among defensive ends in the 2012 Class.

While the Iowa offer came out of nowhere for some fans of the two in-state, FBS schools, Bevins wasn't that surprised. He and the Hawkeyes had a history.

"They recruited me through the summer," Bevins said. "They were evaluating me. I went up to a camp in June and I performed really well there.

"They were kind of looking forward to this upcoming season and seeing how I played. I guess they were impressed, so they gave me an offer."

Bevins has shown he's a good athlete. He finished second at the state wrestling tournament last winter and also has run on the Creston track team.

Bevins said the college coaches like how he operates on the gridiron.

"They say that on the defensive line I use my hands well," Bevins said. "I'm instinctive because of wrestling. Growing up around football, I'm just instinctive of what's happening out there. I can see what's going on blocking wise with double teams and everything."

Bevins said he has room to add weight to his frame and that leaves his college position a bit up in the air.

"I feel like I can play defensive end, but I also think I can put pounds on when I get to college and play inside," he said. "Iowa really hasn't told me what position I would play yet. Iowa State is recruiting me as a defensive end."

Bevins said he followed the Cyclones growing up, but there were mixed feelings in his house on Saturdays in the Fall.

"I kind of grew up a fan of Iowa State, but my dad was an Iowa fan," Bevins said. "My grandpa was an Iowa fan. My sisters were Iowa fans. It was kind of both ways. My house was kind of divided."

Bevins did send a message to former Iowa and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer DE Adrian Clayborn in August that read: you're my idol. Play d-end at #crestonhighschool. Wanna be successful like 94!

Bevins has attended all three of Iowa State's home games this season. He has spoken to the staff there since receiving his Iowa offer.

"They really haven't asked about it," he said. "They kind of just kept it out of the conversation. I really haven't talked to them about that one certain topic."

Bevins said having an offer from both in-state schools is a good thing. It's not easy, however.

"It's kind of stressful on me right now," Bevins said. "People at school and people around the community ask a lot about what I'm going to do. It's starting to get annoying, but I guess it's going to happen until I make my final decision."

Bevins has found a way to politely answer the questions.

"I just tell them that I'm committed to Iowa State right now," he said. "I haven't visited Iowa or talked to many people from there. I'm not sure what their coaches are like around their players and everything.

"I've been around the Iowa State coaches and the Iowa State players. I don't know anywhere near as much about Iowa as I do about Iowa State. Once I find out about Iowa, I'll kind of have a better idea."

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