Ross Pierschbacher loves his home state. The Cedar Falls offensive lineman hopes to represent it well when he plays in January's Under Armour all-American game.
"I don't think I'm the big figurehead of Iowa (high school) football or anything but I definitely want to make the state proud just by doing little things like this," Pierschbacher said. "Hopefully, I won't let myself or the state down."
The Army All-American Bowl also showed extended interest in Pierschbacher but he had made up his mind that he preferred the Under Armour game before any invitations were issued.
"I had talked to my dad about it before," he said. "He asked me which one I wanted to go to and I told him Under Armour so it worked out great. I kind of saw it coming so it didn't blindside me but to have it be confirmed feels awesome. I'm very excited and it makes me push myself that much harder to be better and be ready to compete."
Scout.com rates the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Pierschbacher as its top guard nationally in the 2014 Class. He is a three-year starter for the Tiger.
Pierschbacher verbally committed to Iowa in January. He has since created some unrest in Hawkeye Nation by leaving open his recruitment door, if only a sliver. He talked about it with us last month and you can read that here.
Cal offered Pierschbacher a scholarship in February. Stanford extended to him an opportunity recently. Others schools have kept in consistent touch with him.
Stanford and USC are among the schools that Pierschbacher expects to see at Cedar Falls High in April.
Pierschbacher chose Iowa ahead of a Notre Dame offer. The Irish checked in with him on Thursday.
"Coach (Bobby) Elliott messaged me today for the first time in a while after hearing about the Stanford offer," Pierschbacher said. "He also called my coach to see if I had re-opened my recruitment."
The answer to that question is no. It's just not closed.
While Pierschbacher says he is a solid Iowa commitment, there are circumstances that could change that, however, particularly on-field performance by the Hawkeyes .
Pierschbacher believes Iowa's 4-8 campaign in 2012 was an aberration. That's why he is verbally committed to it. He won't visit any other schools until he sees what the Hawkeyes achieve this fall.
"If I'm still comfortable and I want to be a part of that and there's nothing else in my mind, I don't think any more visits will happen," Pierschbacher said. "But if they have another 4-8 season or 5-7 or really don't have a quality season, if there's a place that I want to see and have the opportunity to go see I may go check it out.
"I'm not trying to make anyone mad. It's just going to be how I feel and where I'm at after the season."
Pierschbacher is scheduled to visit Iowa a week from Saturday with Cedar Falls teammate and Class of '13 Iowa signee, Ike Boettger. They'll be back for the Hawkeyes' open spring practice on April 27 with fellow commitments Jay Scheel ('14) and Trev Hadachek ('13) of Union High.