It has to be tough for any prospect to watch people speculating or stating his school preference without a chance for him to speak the truth. This has happened in the past month for Todd Blythe with all the rumors of an upcoming verbal to Iowa State.
"The rumors of a commitment coming very soon are not true," Todd proclaimed. "I have heard these myself and I'm not sure where they started. I do hope and plan to have my decision by the end of the summer. I have a good feeling of my choice, but I will examine all the factors."
So what factors will all be under his close examination before Todd finally gives his verbal commitment?
"I'm going to sit down with my parents and coach to help me make the most informed and well advised decision. I also will attend a few practices to get a sense for the coaches at practice rather than watching them handle themselves with campers. I want to see what kind of environment I will be playing in for the next four to five years."
Todd has been busy with full camps at Iowa and Iowa State. He also participated in a one day camp at Kansas State, including arriving a day earlier to view their campus. Todd has also recently received an offer from UNI to increase his list to three offers, all being from in-state.
"Kansas State really had to fit everything in for my one day attendance. It was really hard as I had no time to sit. Although, I really liked Kansas State and their facilities. They seemed very interested so I'm hopeful that I will receive an offer. I spoke a lot to Coach Elliot and Miller there, and even got the chance to talk with Coach Synder."
So what were the main differences in all the camps for Todd?
"They were all pretty similar. I probably enjoyed Iowa State the most in the fact of how Coach McCarney was out there working with the campers everyday and speaking to them. Coach Ferentz made appearances, but really did not relate to any of the campers until the last day."
While attending the Iowa camp, Todd had the chance to go up against Hawkeye commit DB Jonathon Zanders, from Cedar Falls, IA.
"Jonathon was a pretty good player. He had a real knack for the ball and had really good instincts. He is not the best athlete out there and will not out run everybody, but he is a good hard nosed football player who gets the job done."
Indianola is always in a tough situation being paired against the likes of West Des Moines Dowling and Valley. With Todd entering his senior season, is there any chance they could break the tradition being held in West Des Moines?
"We have fifteen starters returning. I know Dowling only has one and Valley lost a majority of their players. We have to persuade our top lineman to continue playing football, and if it happens like planned we should be fine. We have a new line coach so I think they are afraid of not being comfortable. However, our quarterback is returning and will be important for us to have a strong line."
Although Todd's recruitment is reaching its final days, the Hawkeyes will have an uphill battle in securing Todd's verbal. However, Todd is not a lock for any school at this point. Hopefully, the players and coaches at Iowa will be impressive this fall in beating Iowa State while Todd is in attendance.