Arnaud Sets Monday Press Conference for Decision

The most highly recruited prospect in the state of Iowa, quarterback Austen Arnaud, will be announcing his decision this coming Monday as he holds a press conference at 10am. His decision is down to Iowa and Iowa State, and before he attends Iowa State's camp on Wednesday to allow them one final sales pitch, he gives his latest thoughts on each program.

The Iowa Hawkeyes have only made one in-state offer thus far, in Ames quarterback Austen Arnaud while the Iowa State Cyclones have offered Arnaud and Ankeny offensive lineman Matt Hulbert, before each of their camps began this week. That shows it's a relatively weak year in Iowa, but there is plenty of talent at the top spot in Arnaud.

"I know this has been a recurring theme, but the staff's at Iowa and Iowa State are truly great," Arnaud said. "I've known Coach (Dan) McCarney since I was in the 7th grade, and since Iowa found out about my timetable for a decision, I've received a hand-written letter from each coach on their staff. The coaching staff's at both schools stress academics "

Arnaud will receive a final sales pitch from Coach McCarney at the Cyclone camp later this week, while back on June 4th, he received a last minute sales pitch from Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz.

"Coach Ferentz sat me in his office and encouraged me to get all my questions answered before I was ready to make a decision. Basically, he let me know I was important because I'm an in-state prospect, and both schools have told me that I'm a staple guy as I can help build their class with an early commitment."

"Coach Ferentz and his entire staff are just down-to-earth guys, and that is so amazing considering the amount of success they've had in the past three to four years. They send a great amount of guys onto the NFL every year, and have become one of the nation's elite programs," stated Arnaud.

Even while Iowa holds drawing power, no one can discount the draw Arnaud has from his hometown of Ames, Iowa and his familiarity with the football program.

"I can't even tell you how many people I know at Iowa State, even professors, and the great amount of comfort I have here," Arnaud said. "Most campuses are located within a city, but Iowa State is really a nice rural community that is set around its campus, and offers less distraction. They have an up and coming program and obviously are looking to build off of their successful bowl game last year."

Now the burning question that had to be asked as Arnaud heads into the final stretch; does he know where is he leaning?

"Right now, it is up in the air, and it is safe to say that it is 50/50 between the two," Arnaud said.

The Iowa Hawkeyes made a very strong impression on Arnaud with their final chance. Now it will be the Cyclones turn later this week.

Will it be enough to keep Arnaud home?

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