QB Blaine Gabbert, one of the top prospects in the Midwest in the 2008 class, has been picking up offers and taking plenty of visits lately. His most recent stop was in Iowa City this past weekend, where he had a very busy day.
"We got there around 10:30," Gabbert said. "Right away, I met all the coaching staff. We hung out for a bit, then went right to meet with Coach Doyle. We met with him for a good 45 minutes. We went over the weight room and their training.
"Then we went and did academics for a while. After that, I met with Coach O'Keefe, probably for an hour or so, then Ferentz for another hour, separately."
There were plenty of other recruits in town this weekend, so any extended period of time talking with a coach was valuable. That wasn't the last time he'd sit face-to-face with an Iowa coach, however.
"We went to the stadium, hung out there, looked at the field," he said. "It was snowy though, so we couldn't really go out on the field. Then I went back to the Coaches office, and talked with Coach O'Keefe for at least another two hours, just about the offense, where I'd fit in, everything."
Gabbert also said he came away impressed with the tradition at Iowa, particularly Iowa's recent history winning big games. He felt he could fit in with their offense quite well.
"I guess you could say it's a pro-style offense," he said. "They incorporate the Baltimore run game, the NFL game, along with the passing game. A lot of play-action, shotgun type stuff to go along with the under-center stuff."
Gabbert, who said he was planning making a decision "sooner rather than later," current lists of a top 5 of Missouri, Iowa, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. He has no immediate visits planned, but he's definitely a player to keep an eye on for an early commitment for some lucky school.
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