Blake Simons has a lot on his mind. In addition to picking a college, he needs to choose a sport.
The Hawkeyes played host to Simons on an official visit this weekend, not an opportunity they hand out freely to walk-on candidates. They see the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder as a tight end to start out but have said receiver and defensive end also are possibilities.
Simons has committed to Southwest Minnesota State University for basketball. He visited Iowa with prep teammate, Brett Waechter, who has accepted a scholarship offer from Iowa in football and will enroll in January.
"I would love to go and be apart of the (Hawkeyes) team and their system and try to earn a scholarship and playing time throughout my career," Simons said. "I just have to realize that nothing is guaranteed at that level and realize what I'd be giving up with a full scholarship basketball offer to SMSU."
Simons said he felt good about his meetings with the Iowa staff during his visit and enjoyed the overall experience of the trip.
"I was with coach (Reese) Morgan, Coach (LeVar) Woods and Coach (D.J.) Hernandez the most. They said they believed I was a Division I athlete with great potential. They said they'd love to have me but realize I have to evaluate my options," Simons said.
Simons said he met with a financial aid person on his Iowa visit and is waiting to hear from him later on estimates as to what it will cost to walk on.
"I'll have a better idea of things then," Simons said. "I've also been hearing from Iowa State for football but I'm not really sure where they stand. If there's no money offered at Iowa State, they're out of the picture."
Steven Ferentz played host to Simons. Head Coach Kirk Ferentz's son walked on to the team from Iowa City High.
"Coach Ferentz talked to me about how every player was treated equally, walk-on or scholarship," Simons said. "He told me there is definitely opportunity to earn a scholarship and play. Their whole staff stressed how everyone's treated equally."