Ohio's Hitchens Hangs in for Hawkeyes

Anthony Hitchens patiently waited for an Iowa offer and it paid off. The safety from Ohio picked one up from the Hawkeyes on Wednesday and will fly into Iowa City for an official visit Friday morning. He talks about the chances of committing this weekend and more in this HI.com recruiting update.

Anthony Hitchens might excel at poker. His nerves are steady.

The 2010 Ohio product waited since last spring for Iowa to offer him a scholarship with other opportunities on the table. He had doubts, but didn't fold.

"Tuesday night, I sat down with my parents and asked them what I should do," Hitchens said. "I was worried."

The Hawkeyes came through with an offer the next day. They projected him as a safety. Hitchens and his family planned a trip to Iowa City Friday morning for an official visit.

"I haven't committed, but if I like it this weekend, I'm pretty sure that's where I'm going to go," Hitchens said.

Hitchens also had offers from Akron and Kansas, although he had not heard from the new Jayhawks staff.

"I got the offer when the old coaches were their, so I'm pretty sure that one was gone," he said.

Hitchens made his mark in high school as a running back, rushing for a school-record 3,864 yards in his career, including about 1,500 and 21 touchdowns as a senior. He also played linebacker.

"He's just an incredible athlete," Clearview High Coach Mike Collier said. "He played on the varsity as a freshman. He's just a humble, classy kid, through and through."

Collier said that Hitchens has been all-state twice in football and basketball and also runs the 100 meters in track.

Hitchens said Iowa was straight up with him on his recruitment. That was one of the reasons he hung in there until late in the process.

"They just told me they didn't have a scholarship because of the amount of kids they had returning," the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder said. "They told me not to pass any offers up that I liked and not to hesitate to take something that came along. They said they would try to get me a scholarship if things opened up."

On Wednesday, the same day the Hawkeyes offered Hitchens, they announced that safety David Cato and running back Josh Brown decided to transfer out of the program.

"I just hung in there and it paid off," Hitchens said. "They produce good football players and have good teams year after year. I really got close with Coach Phil Parker. I liked everything he had to say."

Hitchens said he turned himself into a Division I prospect by being aggressive and with hard work.

"I love to hit," he said. "I know my stats say I'm more of a running back, but I'm a defensive player. I belong on that side of the ball."

It sounded like the formality of looking at Iowa with his eyes is the only thing left before Hitchens pledges his allegiance to the Hawkeyes.

"I just want to meet the people and check out the facilities," he said. "I'd also like to talk to some of the players and see if it feels right. I just want to check it out."

Here are some videos of Hitchens:

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