"It means a lot to me," Ott said of the Iowa opportunity Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz extended to him on Thursday. "It means they have real interest and belief in me without even seeing me run or hit at camp. I thought they might offer when I went to their camp, not over the phone."
The 6-foot-4 1/2, 230-pound Ott will camp at Iowa next weekend. The Hawkeyes are recruiting him as a defensive end.
"I talked to Coach Ferentz and that's where they see me right now," said Ott, who also is being courted as a tight end. "It's doesn't matter to me where I play in college. I play both in high school. Actually, I play linebacker and move down to end."
Coaches have told Ott that he moves well for a bigger guy.
"I think my feet are fast and I'm pretty quick for my size," Ott said. "When I was at the Nebraska camp, they liked how I picked up their techniques pretty fast."
Ott runs the 4x100 on Giltner High track team. He reports a split time of 11.8 seconds.
Ott camped at home-state Nebraska this week. The Huskers did not extend a scholarship offer.
"They're interested, but they only have 12 scholarships left," Ott said. "I think they're going to wait until all of their camps are over before they hand out more offers. I feel confident that they'll offer me, but I don't know for sure."
Ott said he's unsure how a Nebraska offer would change his recruitment, if at all.
"I don't know right now," he said. "I haven't been to Iowa yet to see what the campus is like and the atmosphere. I want to see that."
Kansas State also is interested in Ott. He will camp with the Wildcats on Monday.
"Wisconsin wants me to come up to camp," he said. "I'm not sure if I'll go there. I want to see how things go at Kansas State and Iowa first."
In addition to Iowa, South Dakota State and North Dakota State have offered Ott.
"I really don't have a timeline on a decision," Ott said. "I'll probably narrow it down to a few schools and then take official visits to a game at those schools. I want to be able to see the atmosphere and what it's like on game days."