With invitations from Iowa and the Wolverines to weekend barbecues at their places, 2014 Cedar Falls (Iowa) High Offensive Lineman Ross Pierschbacher chose Iowa City. Michigan has held its event for years. This was Iowa's first barbecue of this kind.
"It was good being around all the commits and all the guys that are thinking Iowa," the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder said. "It was kind of the same deal (as other visits to the school). I talked to the coaches and watched some film with them. It was what we usually do.
"They've answered a lot of my questions. It's just more of building the relationship more than anything."
If the barbecue was established to encourage fusing between Iowa verbal commitments and those guys just still considering the Hawkeyes, it appeared to work.
"I met some of the commits that were there today that I bonded with," Pierschbacher said. "That also was very cool."
It's more comforting knowing that they're there, just their families and everything," Pierschbacher said. "But it won't be the deciding factor."
Class of '13 verbals John Kenny, David Kenney, Malik Rucker and Nate Bazata barbecued on Sunday. '13 running back Rachid Ibrahim joined them as did '14 wide receiver Dominique Booth, Pierschbacher said.
"I'm still probably going to wait until next year and see what kind of offers come," Pierschbacher said of his decision timeline. "If I feel comfortable (before that), that's a decision that I'll make then. I'm in no rush."
Cedar Falls opens practice on Tuesday. Pierschbacher plans to slow down the recruiting process.
"We'll go to (college) games," he said. "That's about it probably."