Everette Pedescleaux may pass on hoops for pigskin

6-6 forward Everette Pedescleaux of Plymouth (MN) Robbinsdale Armstrong committed to Northern Iowa, picking the Panthers over Tulsa. However, Pedescleaux did not sign a letter of intent in the early signing period. This was not due to him being interested in another school to play hoops, but rather his questioning whether or not to play basketball or football in college. Pedescleaux helped lead the Falcons to the Class 5A semi-finals, where they lost to eventual state champs Lakeville 38-28.

Pedescleaux told me that he will either play basketball at Northern Iowa or play football for the Gophers.

Pedescleaux considered Creighton, Dayton, Illinois State, Montana State, New Mexico, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Toledo, Tulsa and Wisconsin-Green Bay for basketball. He visited Wisconsin-Green Bay September 6th, Tulsa on September 13th, and Southern Illinois on September 20th and Dayton September 27th before committing to Northern Iowa, which signed AAU teammate Eric Coleman.

Pedescleaux shined this summer as a member of the Howard Pulley Panthers AAU team. He scored 18 points to help the Howard Pulley Panthers 17-and-under team basketball team defeat the Illinois Warriors 70-66 in the Price Chopper Kansas City Prep Invitational championship. The Panthers finished 6-0 in the event.

He is also an outstanding football recruit as well. Minnesota, Kansas State and Connecticut offered him a football scholarship and Wisconsin had expressed interest. Pedescleaux finished with 65 carries for 324 yards and nine touchdowns. He grabbed six passes for 58 yards and two scores. Pedescleaux was named first team Star Tribune All-Metro and AP All-State team as a defensive end.

Pedescleaux called Northern Iowa the eve of the early signing period to let the coaching staff know that he was not going to sign his letter of intent.

"I want to make sure that everything is in place. I want to know where I will fit. I have to decide what I want to do in college."

Northern Iowa has a strong Division I-AA football team, but Pedescleaux said that the coaching staff wants him to focus more on football.

"They want me to concentrate on basketball for four years and if I want to play football, I could do that during my fifth year.

Pedescleaux said that he started to think about playing college football more after a strong senior season as he lead the Falcons to a 11-2 season and a visit to the Gopher-Wisconsin game.

"I got along good with the coaching staff."

Pedescleaux played fullback, tight end and defensive end, but the Gophers are looking at him more as a tight end.

Armstrong lost three starter to graduation, but returns nine seniors from a 17-10 team that lost to Park Center 80-70 in section semifinals last season

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