More Quotes from Commit Khalif Staten

Late last week, the Iowa Hawkeyes went over the 20 commit mark in the Class of 2008 with the commitment of Khalif Staten. Brian Finley spoke with Staten, who figures to start his Iowa career on the defensive side of the ball

You told me last week that you had a good time on your visit.  What changed your mind in wanting to pull the trigger for Iowa so soon?


It was thinking about the entire process.  I feel that the Iowa coaches and players, I felt real comfortable with them.  I can really see myself being there for four or five years.


Who did you call?


I called Coach Wilson and he was just so happy.  He was with Coach Ferentz, and I spoke with both of them and let them know the decision that me and my mother talked about.


What sort of academic strides do you need to make to qualify?


Everything is good at Iowa .  I am good to go.  Purdue, there was something with the admissions office.  I liked Purdue a lot, and their coaches were great people.  They always told me that if they couldn't get me in, they would help to try to get me somewhere else that I wanted.  They told me that Iowa wasn't a bad choice at all.


The Purdue coaches said nice things about Iowa ?


They were willing to help me out no matter what.  I won't be going there, but they told me they would help me out no matter what.  They looked at me as a person, and that I am a very good person, and I appreciated that.


That had to be refreshing; not all coaches look out for your best interest.


It did feel good that they were willing to help me even though I was not going to be going there.


What has Iowa talked with you about, regarding a future position?


Either linebacker or a strong safety type.  I am willing to go out there and play defense.  I am 6-2, 200 pounds right now.  After basketball gets over, I am going to work out and get ready to go up there.


What weight are they hoping to see you at?


I was thinking of my own weight.  I want to go in at 6-2, 230 pounds so that I can try to make an impact my freshman year, because I know when I get there I could put on some more weight.

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