James Ferentz Q&A

James Ferentz, a 6-1.5, 250 pound DL/OL from City High in Iowa City, Iowa made his decision recently to play for his father, Kirk, and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Read comments from James about his recruitment, his plans for the future, and more in this premium recruiting Q&A

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."


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