Vandenberg Adds Another Big Time Offer

James Vandenberg, less than 24 hours after claiming the Iowa 3A State Title, heard from Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz, and he had good news. Vandenberg, who has rewritten the Iowa passing record books in his senior year, now holds offers from Northern Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska. Read more from James in this premium recruiting update.

Q: Pretty nice week for you…

James Vandenberg: It's great. Winning the state title was a perfect ending to our season. It makes it an even better week that I end up getting the offer afterwards.

Q: How did you hear about it?

Vandenberg: Coach Ferentz called me while I was in a team picture. Afterwards, I listened to his voicemail. I called back, and he informed me I had a scholarship from the University of Iowa.

Q: Did you guys talk much?

Vandenberg: We talked about our seasons, our teams, but he only told me until the end of the conversation. He didn't tell me until the very end. We talked a bit about an official visit.

Q: Any Iowa visits scheduled?

Vandenberg: We'll decide sometime soon. They're going to work it around my basketball schedule.

Q: Does it change your top schools at all?

Vandenberg: It's great to get an offer from Iowa. It's always been one of my favorite schools. I've talked to them for a long time, hoped I'd been able to get an offer from them. It was great to finally get that today.

Q: Is it tough, waiting all season for offers, then having two come quickly? Does it feel like things are rolling for you?

Vandenberg: It didn't really stress me out during the season, I just really wanted to concentrate on our team. We achieved our final goal, now this is all coming at the same time. It's a great feeling.

Q: At what point during the season did you realize the sorts of records you were in line to break?

Vandenberg: Not until the end. Those records couldn't be done without the great guys I play with. I'm lucky to play with such a great group of guys.

Q: Any Nebraska visits scheduled right now?

Vandenberg: I plan on taking an official sometime, and an official to Iowa and Northern Illinois sometime in the next month.

Q: Are you hoping to get the decision out of the way soon?

Vandenberg: There's not really any timeline on it. Sometime soon, hopefully.

Q: What differentiates between Iowa and Nebraska?

Vandenberg: Not much. They're both great programs with great coaches. They both get great athletes every year. Either place would be great for me, and I'll be a hard decision.


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