Jake White sits pretty far away from making a college decision, but he took another step in that direction this weekend. The Class of 2011 recruit unofficially visited Iowa City on Saturday to meet with Coach Todd Lickliter, his staff and the University of Iowa community.
"I thought the campus was really nice," White said. "I really liked the arena. I felt that meeting with the players before we went to the game was really cool. They seem like a good, quality group of guys.
"I got to speak with multiple coaches. I thought they were awesome. They're just top of the line coaches. I thought it was a great atmosphere. The fans at the football game seemed very into it. Overall, it was a really good college."
The 6-foot-7, 195-pound forward from Chaska, Minn., a town near the Twin Cities, averaged 13.6 points as a sophomore on a team that reached the sectional semifinals. White has not been offered a scholarship.
"The three schools most involved with me right now are UNI, Wichita State and probably Iowa," he said. "Those are probably the Top 3."
Iowa represented the second school to which White has unofficially visited. He took a trip to Wisconsin at the end of last school year and is planning another trek to Madison in the next few weeks.
White describes himself as a player that fits the Lickliter system.
"I would say that I'm a skilled big man but I can also step out to a wing area," he said. "I can handle it with my left and my right equally. I have a nice shot. I would say that the biggest concern for me would be my quickness laterally for defensive purposes."
With no offers having come his way yet, White is relaxing and taking it all in. He's not in a rush to make a decision even when some opportunities for free schooling arrive.
"I'm just going to try to take this whole process slowly and see all of the schools," White said. "At the very end, if I get the offers I'm hoping on getting. I find a school that I hope has everything I'm looking for."
White said that might not happen until next summer.
"I would definitely want to wait because as my skills progress - and I'm trying to put weight on right now – some other schools that I have not been in contact with will to contact me and we'll kind of go from there," he said.