Lazard Talks Iowa Offer

Allen Lazard became the third in-state player in the 2014 Class to pick up an Iowa offer during the weekend. The Urbandale WR talks about the opportunity and what it means to him.

Allen Lazard attended an Iowa camp on Saturday hoping to impress the coaches and put himself in better position for a Hawkeye scholarship offer.

It turned out even better than he expected.

"After the camp, (Iowa) Coach (Kirk) Ferentz took me back to his office," Lazard said. "He talked to me for a little bit and then ended up offering me right there on the spot."

The 2014 wide receiver from Urbandale, Iowa adds the Hawkeye offer to one he received earlier from Iowa State. Kevin Lazard, Allen's father and an assistant at Urbandale, is a Cyclone alumnus.

"It has a pretty big impact, but I'm trying not to let it get in the way of anything," Allen Lazard said of being an Iowa State legacy. "I'm trying to keep an open mind and not have any favorite schools. I want to find out what schools best fit me and who I like the most."

Lazard was scheduled to camp at Ohio State on Thursday but will be unable to make it to that event. Instead, he'll take a trip closer to home that day.

" I'm going to go up to Nebraska and have a little visit there with Coach (Barney) Cotton," the 6-foot-4 1/2, 190-pound Lazard said.

Lazard stood out at an LSU camp a few weeks ago and his stock is rising. The Iowa offer meant a lot to him.

"It's a big deal," he said. "I like Iowa. It's a good school and there's a good tradition of winning there. They're in the running for bowls every year. So, I'm really happy that I got their offer."

Lazard said he felt good about his performance at the Hawkeye camp.

"(Ferentz) said he just felt that I would be a good fit for the team in that the teams that he has coached have revolved around the players from Iowa," Lazard said. "I was a little surprised they offered me this early. I thought that if they were to offer, they would have waited a little bit longer."

Lazard said he might attend a combine in Dallas next month, but that would probably be it for him football-wise this summer. He plays AAU basketball for Martin Brothers and has a busy July with that commitment.

Lazard became the third in-state prospect from the '14 class to receive a Hawkeye offer. Offensive linemen Ross Pierschbacher (Cedar Falls) and Keegan Render (Indianola) also picked up opportunities from Iowa.


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