When Garret Jansen started out his recruiting process, he was told it would be a whirlwind. He didn't understand it. Then, it looked like he wouldn't experience it.
The Pella (IA) High defensive tackle attended a University of Cincinnati camp in June, the Bearcats offered a full scholarship and he committed. Done deal, or so he thought.
Cincinnati called Jansen a week and a half ago to tell him it was switching his offer to a greyshirt, he said. His recruiting whirlwind was beginning.
Jansen decided that he'd explore other options. He visited Northern Iowa last weekend and committed there on Wednesday. He'd been talking to Iowa assistant Reese Morgan, who said the Hawkeyes were waiting on other recruits and weren't sure they'd have a scholarship for him.
Friday night when Texas DT Darrion Daniels announced he'd be going to Oklahoma State ahead of Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, Morgan called Jansen and offered him a scholarship. He accepted.
"You hear that recruiting is crazy and you don't really understand until you're being recruited and stuff happens," Jansen said. "For some guys it isn't because they commit in June and nothing happens. We've kind of learned that recruiting is more of a business."
Jansen (6-1, 250) shut down his recruitment after committing to Cincinnati in June, he said. When the Bearcats told him late last month that their feelings changed about him, he didn't panic.
"I had to look at it from a positive manner. I just told myself that I wasn't going to quit and there were more options out there. I was proactive about it and decided not to sit there and feel sorry for myself," he said.
Jansen said he has no regrets about how things have worked out. He's happy to be a Hawkeye.
"I feel great about my decision. It's definitely where I want to be. They have what I want to study academically (speech pathology). Coach Morgan is awesome. Coach (Chris) Doyle is awesome. The facilities are great. It's a great place to be," he said.
Jansen recorded 59.5 tackles (20 solo for loss, 5.5 sacks) this fall for 14-0 Pella, who won the Class 3A state championship. The Iowa Newspaper Association named him the 3A captain (MVP) this season.
"I'm obviously not the size right now that they typically play at but they have tough players with high motors and I feel like those are two of my strengths. I think I'll fit in well and Coach Morgan will teach me all that I need to know," he said.
As much as he's looking forward to playing football at Iowa, Jansen is equally excited about his field of study.
"I hope to go throughout high schools and help kids with speech impediments or communication disorders that they may have," he said.