Q: Most people assumed this was the way it going to go, but tell me about your thought process on making your commitment.
James Ferentz: It started a little while back when my dad told me that they had extended the offer to me. I didn't accept it right away. I had to talk a few people that I valued pretty high, that I really look up to. I talked to my brother, I talked to my grandma, I talked to a lot of my family about it. I thought about a few people that are really important to my life. I looked at it more from the perspective that even if my dad wasn't the head coach here, what college would I pick? It was really, hands down, this is where I want to be.
Q: When Brian (Ferentz) was being recruited, your dad took a "hands off" approach and let Reese Morgan go through that process, was that the same with you?
Ferentz: It's exactly the same. Coach Morgan came to me with the offer. My dad was completely hands off. He tried to stay out of it as much as possible.
Q: Was it ever frustrating, wanting to go to him with questions about the program, and he referred you back to Reese?
Ferentz: I never really had any questions that I needed to ask. Unlike Brian, I was about 10 years old when we moved here, I've grown up around this program. I know all the ins and outs of it. Any questions I had for my dad were questions I came to him with as my dad, not as the head coach.
Q: Who did you call first, Reese or your dad?
Ferentz: I actually called Coach Morgan first. My dad was in the I-Club meeting in Cedar Rapids that night.
Q: What was his reaction like?
Ferentz: It's really just excitement. I was really excited, Coach Morgan was really excited. It was just really reassuring that I made the right pick.
Q: Who else had you been hearing from in terms of other recruiting interest?
Ferentz: There weren't any other offers on the table, but one of my dad's close friends from Maine is the offensive line coach at Pittsburgh. We also have a lot of family out there, and that was really the only other school I'd even think about looking at.
Q: What other schools were trying to get into the picture?
Ferentz: It's hard to say if they were showing any real interest, or if I was just on another mailing list. I think I was just on the mailing list with Illinois and UCONN, since my dad went there. Pittsburgh ended up sending a few letters, but they were late into the picture. For a little bit, there was Kansas State and Miami.
Q: Now that you're on board, are you going to try and help recruit some of the other in-state players to the Hawkeyes?
Ferentz: Hopefully we can get the best players that we possibly can. If there's anything I can do, I'll be more than happy to do it for the rest of the staff.
Q: Are they looking at you for offensive line or defensive line?
Ferentz: Right now that's still up in the air. I think it's leaning toward offensive line right now. To quote my dad, he says, "You can never have too many centers."