Q: How did you come to your decision to commit to Iowa?
Jon Wienke: I had thought about it a whole lot this past week. We talked about it after we came home from the visit. I realized what was important throughout that whole week. Being able to see the inside stuff, it was good. The Michigan coaches were really understanding of what I had to say. They've helped me out a ton. I don't like to de-commit, obviously, no one does. I feel like I'm in a better place now, we'll have to see. I'm definitely happy with my decision.
Q: Were you just tired being out there, not really knowing what the future held?
Wienke: It's kind of scary not knowing what could happen. It kind of worries you. They were pretty understanding of all they. There were upset that I decided to leave, but they understand everything. It is a scary process, having that happen.
Q: Did any of the rumors going around this week have anything to do with it?
Wienke: The coaching thing really had nothing ot do with it. Who they were talking about, Rich Rodriguez. I just realized that my time was running out, and I needed to find a spot before I ran out of time.
Q: When a new staff gets in place, if they make contact with you, are you going ot entertain that possibility?
Wienke: I'm pretty stable with where I'm at now. (laughs) I don't want to have to change anything else unless I have to.
Q: Who did you make the call to?
Wienke: I called Coach Erb, my recruiting coach. Then I called Coach Ferentz, Erb wouldn't answer, he was with some other recruits. I got a hold of Coach Ferentz and talked to him a bit. When I talked to Coach Erb, he actually started yelling a little bit. (Laughs)
Q: Did you connect with any of the guys on the team now, your future teammates?
Wienke: One guy I met with was Bryan Bulaga, I met with him and a couple of his friends. I got to see what they did in their free time. It was a lot of fun, he and I text every now and then.
Q: There are a lot of Illinois guys on the team now, is there anyone you know or have played against?
Wienke: I haven't played against any of them, a lot of them are a lot bigger class than I am. My school only has 270 people in it, so we're in the smallest class in Illinois. Those guys are about seven classes higher than I.
Q: Have the coaches talked about whether you'll be in the race from day one for playing time?
Wienke: They told me I could compete, but anywhere, you're going to have to compete. I'm just going in and doing as much as I can right off the bat and doing whatever I can. Obviously I want to learn from the older guys, learn from mistakes, different things that go on.
Q: Personality-wise, what was it about the staff and the town itself that made you comfortable enough to commit?
Wienke: They just made me feel comfortable. It's like it is around here. It's a small environment, a country-type environment. My town only has 5000 people, it's my type. I feel real comfortable there, I feel like it can be my type of family.