Iowa Not Giving Up On LB Jake Ferguson

He may hold a Wisconsin offer and be Barry Alvarez's grandson but that has not stopped Iowa from pursuing linebacker Jake Ferguson.

It is an interesting situation. Linebacker Jake Ferguson of Madison, Wisconsin holds an offer from the Badgers and is the grandson of Barry Alvarez, the athletic director for Wisconsin. Iowa and the Badgers are huge rivals and play every year for the Heartland Trophy.

Despite all that, Iowa has offered Ferguson and he visited Iowa City on Sunday for the Hawkeyes' Elite Junior Day event. The ties to Wisconsin have not stopped Kirk Ferentz and his staff from pursuiing Ferguson.

"I enjoyed the atmosphere and the staff was very welcoming," Ferguson said about Iowa. "Not only did I get a better idea of how they play football but their academics, too. I think they're just going about it as usual. I like the coaches a lot."

He admits that there's some pull to be a Badger but he'll still do his homework to find the right school.

"There's definitely pressure about going to Wisconsin but at the same time I want to go somewhere that best fits me," Ferguson stated. "I look for a lot of things in a school and it was good to go down to Iowa and check it out."

Still, he understands how bizarre it would be if here to choose the Hawkeyes over Wisconsin.

"It would be pretty crazy at Thanksgiving Dinner," Ferguson pointed out. "Still, they just want me to be happy and they give me a lot of advice."

They're rivals on the field and on the recruiting trail. They'll now duke it out for Ferguson's signature.

"Wisconsin and Iowa are both up there but it's still super early in the process and I haven't really been able to visit schools due to basketball."

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