Pierschbacher Flips to 'Bama

After taking time to think about it, Cedar Falls (Iowa) Guard Ross Pierschbacher decided to change his commitment from the home-state Hawkeyes to National Champion Alabama.

More than a week after saying he was going to announce his final decision, four-star offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher announced his choice Sunday night in an email sent out to members of the media:

The past few weeks there has been speculation of my commitment to the University of Iowa Football program. I would like to end the speculation as I prepare to enter my senior season so that I may focus my attention to my team.

I would like to thank Coach Ferentz, his coaching staff, and the University of Iowa for the offer to be part of Hawkeye Football. They have a great tradition, outstanding people and a top notch program.

After considering many different options and things important to me, my family, and my future career, I am excited to announce that I have decided to play my collegiate career for Coach Saban and The University of Alabama.

This has been a very humbling experience and I would like to thank everyone that has helped me along the way.

Piershcbacher is the No. 2-ranked guard in the 2014 class, according to Scout.com. He is a four-star prospect.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder verbally committed to the Hawkeyes in January. He was Iowa's first pledge in the class.

In February, schools began pushing pursuit on Pierschbacher. He decided to open the door on his recruitment a crack as you can read here. At that point, he said something significant would need to change at Iowa for him to come off of his commitment there.

In March, Pierschbacher opened his recruitment a little more, saying he would consider taking visits to other schools after the season. You can read about that development here.

Pierschbacher's recruitment then quieted for several months. In July, he announced he was visiting Alabama and Stanford. He discussed that change in his course of action here.

It turned out to be almost eight months to the day from when Pierschbacher verballed to Iowa on January 12 to changing his pledge to Alabama on Sunday.

Pierschbacher's decommitment dropped the Hawkeyes known verbal total in the Class of 2014 down to 11. Coach Kirk Ferentz has said they would be in the 18-20 commitment range by the time the group was completed.

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