Mark Alt Getting Closer to Decision on Future

Cretin-Derham Hall QB, hockey star Mark Alt is closing in on his college decision. Is he leaning towards following his father, John, to Iowa for football or is does it look more like he'll be skating for Minnesota. Read what he had to say in this premium recruiting update.

Mark Alt provides a quick answer to how often he's asked about his future plans.

"Oh, I'd say every day," the multi-sport talent said. "And it's not just people around Cretin-Derham Hall (High), but my friends that I'm with all of the time. They're also trying to read into everything I say."

A local news outlet in Minneapolis also read a little too much into Alt's comments when he said at the state's Mr. Hockey award ceremony that he would honor his commitment to the University of Minnesota if he chose to play the sport in college.

"That was the thing, I said "if" I play hockey," Alt said. "They took it to mean that I had made up my mind."

Alt will be choosing soon between a hockey scholarship to Minnesota, which he committed to as a sophomore, and a gray shirt offer from the University of Iowa to play football.

"I'll have to make a decision in the next few weeks," said Alt, who quarterbacked Cretin-Derham Hall to an undefeated state championship last fall. "I'll need to sign my letter of intent with Minnesota if it's going to be hockey."

If he chooses football, Alt would have to pay his way at Iowa for the 2010 fall semester before going on scholarship in January. He would be considered a member of the '11 recruiting class.

Alt, whose father John played football for the Hawkeyes and in the NFL, passed up an opportunity to play in an elite hockey tournament later this month. Instead, he planned to attend Iowa's spring scrimmage on April 17.

"I'd like to get a chance to see Iowa a little closer," Mark said. "I've been to a game and looked around, but I'd like to get more of an inside look. It's a good opportunity to see what I'm might be involved with."

Mark said his father is excited about the idea of his son following in his footsteps, but he's not pushing him to play football.

"My dad wants me to play at Iowa, but I haven't ruled out Minnesota (for hockey)," Mark said. "I'm just not sure what's best for me and my future yet. I'm still in the process. I want to make sure I make the right decision."

In the hockey rankings for draft eligible players, Mark said he is at No. 37 among North American players. He said that places him in the second round, possibly as high as first, in June's selection process. There's a combine in late May.

If drafted, Mark would play at Minnesota until the NHL club was ready to call him up.

There's a chance that Alt could spend the fall semester at the IMG Madden Football Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He would be tutored by former Florida State and NFL quarterback Chris Weinke and take college classes that would transfer to Iowa, where he would enroll in January.

"My dad has looked into it and talked with Chris Weinke," Mark said. "It would be a good chance to develop since I couldn't practice with Iowa."

The late signing period for hockey begins April 13. Alt does not want to keep Minnesota hanging on for his decision for long.

"There really isn't a lot of stress," Alt said. "Even though I get asked about it a lot, I'm just focusing on the decision and what's best for me."

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