Ott Solid with Iowa

Drew Ott took in Iowa's big comeback win against Pittsburgh last month. He also used the visit to smooth things over with the Hawkeye coaches, who wondered if the Class of 2012 verbal was fully committed.

Drew Ott caused a stir early last month when he attended a game a Nebraska wearing Husker red. He previously had verbally committed to Iowa.

The Class of 2012 defensive end from Giltner (NE) High quickly cleared the air. He told Hawkeye Insider that he brought his girlfriend and his cousin to Memorial Stadium for their first time there. He didn't have anything going on and it was a good way to spend the day.

Ott met with the coaches on an unofficial visit to Iowa a few weeks later and he explained to them that he just took a few Nebraska fans to a Husker game. The Hawkeye staff understood.

"Coach (Kirk) Ferentz told me that he would have loved to have gone to Penn State," Ott said. "He told me the whole story about how he never got the chance (and went to UConn). He understood. He just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to back out.

"Everything is fine. They're not mad at me. They thought I was more serious about Nebraska and I told them that wasn't the case. They explained to me how it looked and that it upset a lot of people."

Ott said he talks to the Iowa coaches each week and the bond between he and the program continues to grow.

"I really like them a lot," Ott said. "I'm really looking forward to getting down there in June and being a part of it."

Ott said the recruiting mail coming to his house from other schools as stopped.

"Everyone has quit sending me letters," he said.

Ott watched Iowa come back from a a 21-point, second-half deficit to knock off Pittsburgh, 31-27.

"It was really good," Ott said of the visit. "I got to go in the locker room afterwards. That was a big comeback, so it was fun. It was sweet."

Giltner High (8-0) begins its playoffs on Thursday night against Lindsay Holy Family in Class D-2, the smallest grouping in the state.

"We finally got to the playoffs and get to start playing some good teams," Ott said. "I feel like I've played pretty good. I haven't really had much competition. That should probably be expected. I think everyone has had a pretty good season on my team."

Ott says he doesn't receive much grief when he wears his Hawkeye gear in the heart of Husker country.

"No one really cares," he said. "Everyone is pretty happy about it, at least in my community. It can be tough if I got to other towns. But it's really not too bad."

By the way, Ott said he does not plan to attend the game on Nov. 25 when Nebraska plays host to Iowa. If Giltner were to make it to the state championship contest, it would play on Memorial Stadium on Nov. 21.

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