Pierschbacher Picks Up More

Ross Pierschbacher began turning heads when he started on the offensive line as a Cedar Falls freshman. His progression has remained steady as he readies for the second half of his prep career this fall. He's up to four BCS offers and is getting interest from Alabama. Get the latest on the 2014 prospect in this update.

Opportunities quickly are coming Ross Pierschbacher's way. The Class of 2014 offensive lineman is a little overwhelmed by it.

"I really don't even know what to think yet," he said. "It's still sinking in. It's great, but now I have to go prove myself."

Iowa offered the Cedar Falls (Iowa) sophomore a scholarship in December. Recently, Iowa State, Nebraska and Wisconsin came forward with offers.

Then, defending national champion Alabama invited him to Tuscaloosa for a visit.

"I'm going to try to make it down there at the end of June or the beginning of July," the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Pierschbacher said.

Oregon and Stanford have picked up the pace in recruiting Pierschbacher, he said. He's unofficially visited Oklahoma twice and has built a relationship with Bruce Kittle, the Sooners offensive line coach and Cedar Falls High alum.

"I know (Kittle) keeps in contact with (Cedar Falls) Coach (Pat) Mitchell," Pierschbacher said. "He tells Coach Mitchell to remind me that they're still thinking about me. He said that he might stop up sometime soon. I think I'm still on their radar. I think they're still interested in me."

Pierschbacher plans to attend only two camps this summer - a Wisconsin team event and a Nike combine in Champaign. He's also looking at unofficial visits to Iowa and Nebraska in addition to his trip to Alabama.

Pierschbacher attended junior days at Iowa and Nebraska. He was at the Wisconsin spring game on Saturday.

"That was my first time up there," he said. "I was kind of shocked about that (offer). I was going to go to their camp this summer and thinking maybe we would talk after that."

Iowa Assistant Reese Morgan stopped by the Drake Relays Friday to see Pierschbacher compete in the shot put. He finished eighth.

"My dad talked with him a bit," Pierschbacher said. "He said they want me to come down to get to know Brian Ferentz, the new O-Line coach. I'm willing to do that."

Pierschbacher is taking his time with the recruiting process. He's keeping his options open and does not favor any schools.

"I hadn't made up my mind when Iowa offered," Pierschbacher said. "I wanted to wait and kind of check everything out because I felt like there were more offers coming. I don't think they're going to stop yet, I hope.

"I'm going to wait until at least my junior year before I sit down and see what options I have. Right now, I'm just getting to know the schools, the pros and cons, what I like and don't like."

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