Cedar Rapids Jefferson Forward Visits Iowa

Cedar Rapids Jefferson big man Jarrod Uthoff is gaining interest from schools around the Midwest and has secured a couple of scholarship offers. The 2011 product visited Iowa on Sunday. Hawkeye Insider caught up with him for a recruiting update.

IOWA CITY, Ia. - Jarrod Uthoff stood in the hallway outside the Iowa locker room on Sunday wearing a big smile. He visited the Hawkeyes for the first time and seemed to be enjoying the scenery.

"It was really nice," the 2011 big man from Cedar Rapids Jefferson said of his trip. "They're a pretty young team. It was a great win today. It was nice to see."

The Hawkeyes knocked off visiting Indiana, 73-57, in front of an announced crowd of 11,000 at Carver. It represented the regular-season, home finale for Iowa.

Uthoff has secured scholarship offers from Northern Iowa and Albany. He's been receiving interest from Iowa, Iowa State, Creighton and Wichita State.

"I've heard from a bunch of others as well," the 6-foot-8, 200-pounder said. "I've been going to a lot of college games and talking to a lot of college coaches. I'm just trying to learn a little bit more about each college."

If Iowa decides to bank an open scholarship it can use for the '10 class, it will have two available for '11. The Hawkeyes are expected to graduate starting center Jarryd Cole after next season and fellow posts Andrew Brommer and Devon Archie will be juniors in '10-11.

Uthoff (6-foot-8, 200 pounds) is going into his visits with his eyes wide open.

"The coach has to be a good coach," Uthoff said. "I'm hoping to go somewhere where there's great fan support. I'd also like to play with great players.

"It would be kind of nice to be close to home, but I'm open."

Iowa assistant LaVall Jordan is the lead recruiter on Uthoff.

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