Iowa Commit Valai to Visit Wisconsin

Colleyville Heritage CB Jay Valai was the first at his position to give the Hawkeyes a commitment in the Class of 2006 back in December after he took an official visit to Iowa City. Despite having made the commitment, Valai has a scheduled trip to the University of Wisconsin this upcoming weekend. Valai offers explanation as to why he is taking the Wisconsin visit, and whether he should still be considered a Hawkeye commitment in this exclusive story available to HawkeyeNation subscribers.

Colleyville Heritage cornerback Jay Valai was the first at his position to give the Iowa Hawkeyes a commitment in the Class of 2006 back in December after he took an official visit to Iowa City. Despite having made the commitment, Valai has a scheduled trip to the University of Wisconsin this upcoming weekend.

Valai offered Scout.com explanation as to why the visit was occurring.

"Wisconsin was the first school to offer me back in July," Valai said. "Coach (Jeff) Horton was the one recruiting me, and I tried calling him several times this fall. He never returned my calls, and that was probably because he wasn't going to be on Coach (Bret) Bielema's staff. I finally heard back from Coach Bielema two weeks ago, and Coach (Kerry) Cooks, who was recruiting me for Minnesota, is going to join Wisconsin's staff as the defensive backs coach."

Even with the sudden news of Valai's plans to visit Wisconsin, he says Wisconsin went the right way in starting over their recruitment of him.

"Coach Bielema told me that he has a lot of respect for Iowa, and knows it is a great school. He just wanted to be given a chance to bring me up for a visit since they offered me first. Even though I'm taking this visit, I want everyone to know that I'm still a Hawkeye. I have no plans to change my decision unless Wisconsin gives me good reason," Valai stated.

"I've only taken trips to Minnesota and Iowa, and I really didn't enjoy my trip to Minnesota, much. Iowa City was great. It is really laid-back and really relaxed there. I just want to check out Madison, and see what it has to offer. Everything will come down to the people I'm around in the town, my surroundings, and being part of a winning environment. Those are the reasons I chose Iowa."

Valai informed the Hawkeye coaches of his plans to visit Wisconsin.

"I called and spoke with Coach (Ron) Aiken and Coach (Phil) Parker," Valai stated. "They were a little upset, and Coach Parker told me that this means he is going to have to recruit other guys. I told him that I'm going to let him know my intentions as soon as I return from Wisconsin."

Before setting a visit to Wisconsin, Valai met with Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz on an in-home visit last Thursday.

"Coach Ferentz is the nicest, most honest man I have ever met. He is like the dad every kid grows up wanting to have. Coach Aiken was there, too, and he is a great guy, also. My visit to Wisconsin has nothing to do with there being anything wrong with Iowa," Valai explained.

During the in-home visit, Coach Ferentz addressed the NFL rumors to Valai.

"He told me he wasn't leaving for the NFL. I fully believe he is a man of his word, and because of that I know that means he is staying at Iowa. Right now, I'm a Hawkeye, he is my coach, and his word is what I trust," Valai concluded.


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