Iowa recently offered 2017 Killen (Ala.) Brooks linebacker Colin Anderson, his first scholarship offer of the recruiting process. The extended offer came from Iowa assistant Jim Reid during his visit to Iowa City for the Maryland game on Saturday, his second unofficial visit already.
Anderson is actually an Iowa native. His mother's family is from Iowa and Anderson was actually born in Iowa. He visited the Hawkeye campus over the summer as well. The offer on Saturday did catch him by surprise, though.
"It honestly was a shock," Anderson said about the offer. "I didn't see it coming. I visited because they have been very interested. They have been contacting my coach. I have family in the area so I thought, why not? Some of my family graduated from the University of Iowa. A few of my mother's cousins got doctorates from there. My mother is originally from Iowa and my father is from New Orleans. Most of them are Iowa State fans, though. My mother was actually raised to hate the Hawkeyes. She's willing to look past that, though."
Anderson also shared some of his thoughts on the staff, the campus, and the game.
"The offer came from Coach Reid and he said I had their LEO linebacker position written all over me," Anderson told Scout. "We'll wait and see how I develop and see what would benfit me the most. Coach Reid is awesome. I love him. He's a genuine and caring man but he's also no nonsense at the same time."
"Their facilities are brand new," he added. "I got an in-depth tour of it from Coach Bell back in July. They are phenomenal and amazing. It is something special. This was my first Hawkeyes game, though. The defense really stepped it up. They had problems on special teams and fell asleep in the third quarter but they made adjustments and stopped Maryland's momentum."
The offer from Iowa is a signficant one for Anderson. His mother's family may have a lot of Cyclone fans but they are all on board with the Hawkeyes and hope it happens sooner than later.
"My parents feel like (Iowa) is the right place for me," Anderson admitted. "They really like that program. The staff and everyone have been wonderful to me. They are all fantastic people. I really like the recruiting coordinator, Coach Wallace. It's a wonderful place. When they gave me the offer, it was tough not to commit. They were all dancing around and excited about it and so was I. I'm trying not to let the initial rush get to me and let it wear off. I've kind of been thinking it over. It wouldn't be a bad thing to not have to deal with all the recruiting madness, though. My father is from St. Augustine in Louisiana, the school that has produced Tyrann Mathieu and Leonard Fournette, and he knows about a lot of unfortunate recruiting stories that we'd rather avoid."
"My father thinks a quick decision might be best," he continued. "I'm more on the edge and still thinking about it, myself. I am surveying the field. My cousin told me if I don't take (the Iowa offer) that he is disowning me from the family and that's coming from an Iowa State fan. My mother's family is very happy and wants me to take it. My father's family wants me to hold out for LSU."
Either way, Iowa is in great shape for the junior from Alabama.
"Academics play a big role and those are great at Iowa," Anderson explained. "They develop players which I think is essential. Moving onto the next level I want to get better and I value what they can give me. Iowa's stability is also great. Coach Ferentz has been there for a long, long time."