Ernst Keeping Door Open for Football

Two-sport athlete Brady Ernst is leaning towards a college career in basketball. The Clinton High standout still is considering football, however, after last weekend's visit to Iowa. He talked about the stop and what he's hearing from the Hawkeyes.

Brady Ernst appears headed to a college basketball career. He's leaving the door open for football, however.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Clinton High senior unofficially visited Iowa on Saturday. The staff delivered a message to him.

"I talked to Coach (Reese) Morgan and Coach (Phil) Parker and they were just talking about not to just think about basketball in college. I'm mostly thinking basketball but if the right offer came around for football I'd have to make a tough decision," Ernst said.

Hoops have provided Ernst with his only scholarship opportunities to date. He reports more than 10 offers, including in-state schools Drake and Northern Iowa.

Ernst has set up four official visits - Bowling Green (Sept. 6), Stephen F. Austin (Sept. 13), Lehigh (Sept. 20) and Florida Gulf Coast (Sept. 27). He said he has been talking to Tulane about the Green Wave being his fifth and final official.

Ernst said he's also hearing from Iowa State and UNI on the gridiron. His football recruitment could be slow right now because of an off-season injury.

"I broke my (right) finger and wrist. I get my cast off the (Sept.) 8th then rehab. I hope to be back in late September early October," he said.

Ernst enjoyed his Iowa visit. The Hawkeyes see him as a tight end.

"It was cool seeing the practice facility and it was good game," he said.

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