IOWA CITY, Ia. - Decisions. Decisions, Decisions.
Fortunately for Mark Alt, it would be hard to make a bad one.
The son of former Hawkeye, John Alt, officially visited Iowa this weekend and left town with a scholarship offer. Iowa extended an opportunity to be a gray shirt next season, meaning the quarterback would pay for his fall schooling and then be on scholarship starting with the second semester, making him a member of the 2011 recruiting class.
Iowa represented Alt's first BCS football offer. He already committed to play hockey at Minnesota and is projected by some as a first-round pick in the National Hockey League draft in June.
"Now, with the football offer, it makes it complicated," the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder said. "I'm probably going to wait until the draft or close to it to get an idea of where I might go. Iowa said they would wait for me."
Alt quarterbacked Cretin Derham Hall in the Twins Cities to a 14-0 mark last fall. The Raiders defeated Eden Prairie, 16-5, in the Class AAAAA title game.
"I think he has the best of both worlds," John Alt said. "Minnesota is the best hockey school in the country, and from my perspective, Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and (his Iowa) staff do the best job in the country for football."
Mark said that if he goes in the first round of the NHL draft, it might "seal the deal." Like basketball and football, that status comes with a guaranteed contract.
If it is down to Iowa football and Minnesota hockey, that's a tough decision, Mark said.
"It's hard," he said. "If something were to change with the Iowa offer, that might sway me that way."
The Hawkeye coaches said that there's a possibility that Alt could be bumped up to a scholarship player in the '10 class.
"They said that if a quarterback goes down or a spot opens up at the position that I could come in next year (on scholarship)," Alt said.
Alt helped Cretin Derham Hall to a 26-1 record during his two seasons as a starter.
"I think schools came in late on him because he didn't take over as a starter until he was a junior and because he committed to Minnesota so early in hockey," John said. "Also, he didn't attend a lot of (football) camps as a freshman or sophomore compared to a lot of kids."
When Mark became more attracted to football later in high school, John offered guidance.
"I just told him to be patient with football and create opportunities," said John, who enjoyed a long, distinguished NFL career and now coaches at Cretin Derham Hall. "He created opportunities. Now, he has a decision in which way he wants to go.
"It will be a tough decision. I had to make it between basketball and football when I was coming out of high school. It can lead to apprehension, but ultimately it becomes sort of a leap of faith. You have to go with your gut."
Mark feels a strong connection to the Hawkeyes.
"I was very excited to get the offer," he said. "My dad went there and I have always loved Iowa. It's a very special city."