Given the choice, many prospects these days choose college basketball ahead of football. Don't count Drew Himmleman among them.
The Class of 2015 athlete from Geneseo (IL) High prefers banging heads on the gridiron to posting up in the paint. At 6-foot-8, 230 pounds, Himmelman does both well.
Northern Illinois and Upper Iowa have offered him a scholarship in basketball and Illinois State has extended him an opportunity in football, he said. He's scheduled an official visit with NIU hoops for Oct. 18.
"If I have a choice, I would go to college for football," Himmelman said.
Iowa began recruiting the tight end/defensive end back in the spring. He unofficially visited the school on Saturday for its game against Northern Iowa.
"I thought the new facilities that are under construction looked awesome. What really stood out was the atmosphere. That was my first big time college football game so it was really neat to see all of the fans there and how loud they got," Himmelman said.
The Hawkeyes are undecided about Himmelman's college position.
"They don't know. They say they see me in a number of places. It all just depends on how my body turns out," he said. "I don't really have a preference on offense or defense. I really enjoy them both."
Perhaps the staff members Himmelman met with at Iowa could be a hint on which way the Hawkeyes are leaning in terms of his position. Tight Ends Coach D.J. Hernandez and Brian Ferentz, who recruits Illinois, spoke to him.
"Coach (Brian) Ferentz said either him or the recruiting coordinator (Seth Wallace) will be out to watch one of my games this fall," Himmelman said.
Himmelman said he will visit Illinois State for football this fall. He might try to make it back to Iowa as well.