Texas Tandem Talk About Iowa Visit

The Big Ten Champion Iowa Hawkeyes hosted several visitors on the recently concluded recruiting weekend, including the Texas tandem of Corey Robertson and Barry Laird. Laird is a former high school teammate of Drew Tate and Charles Godfrey, while Robertson nearly committed to Iowa during his summer visit. The only thing that held him back was the advice from his parents to check out all of his options. So he was back, and this time, he brought his parents with him. Quotes from both players..

Denison, Texas running back Corey Robertson made his long awaited official visit to Iowa City this weekend after having listed the Hawks as a favorite on his list throughout the entire fall.

"I would rate the visit a nine," said Robertson, who rushed for more than 5,000 yards in his high school career. "At Iowa, they treat you like an individual and not just as a football player. The players all made me feel like I was already a part of the team, and the coaches made sure to really stress academics to me as well as being able to obtain my major."

Robertson also knows he could be presented with an opportunity to make a splash at running back.

"They are returning only two scholarship running backs, and after that they are not sure on any other guys they may have," added Robertson, who will officially visit Colorado this coming weekend. "Iowa football is everything in Iowa City, and everyone knows who you are. It was also a big plus that my parents really liked the visit."

Robertson has decided on Iowa this past summer, but his parents felt that he needed to take visits to other colleges for the sake of comparison and knowing that he was making the right decision.

Now, Robertson will be faced with making a tough decision.

"I'm officially visiting Colorado next weekend, and then I will visit Texas A&M on the 17th," continued Robertson. "When I return home from Texas A&M, I plan to make a decision that week."

BAYTOWN's BARRY LAIRD

The Iowa Hawkeyes hosted Baytown Lee tight end Barry Laird on an official visit this weekend. Laird, who had yet to be offered by the Hawkeyes, was told to keep his eyes and ears open.

"They have some tight ends coming in for official visits next weekend that they want to wait on," said Laird. "Coach (Eric) Johnson told me I got on the board kind of late, and they already had offers out to a couple of guys so I understand the process."

Still, Laird walked away knowing Iowa would be a good opportunity to play college football.

"The coaches were down to earth and real nice guys," added Laird, who converted over to tight end from quarterback in the middle of his senior season. "One coach even packed me a few sandwiches to bring along on my flight home."

Besides the coaches, it was the Hawkeye fans that left biggest impression.

"We went to the basketball game on Saturday night to watch the first half, and it was amazing to see how many people showed up just for a basketball game. The fans were tremendously supportive, and I was told that at the football games it was much bigger and louder. They said the fans just get crazy," stated Laird.

Asked what he would rate the visit on a 1 to 10 scale, Laird responded an "8 or 9 because he wasn't use to the cold weather."

Laird will take an official visit to the University of Houston this coming weekend.


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