Ross Pierschbacher is not even halfway through his sophomore year at Cedar Falls High School, but he already has a lot of early college interest. This week, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman picked up his second scholarship offer and it was a big one coming from the in-state Iowa Hawkeyes.
"My coach, Coach Mitchell, told my dad that Coach Ferentz had watched our game against City High and was really impressed," said Pierschbacher. "Then he watched some more film on me and liked what he saw there too, so they decided they're going to offer a full ride this week, a verbal offer."
Pierschbacher's first offer came from Northern Iowa after he attended their camp this past summer. While he will always remember that one as well, the offer from Iowa holds special meaning for the lifelong Hawkeye fan.
"Iowa is right at the top of my list so it's nice to get that one marked off early," Pierschbacher said. "I've grown up an Iowa fan, always cheering for the Hawkeyes, and I've got a big picture of Kinnick Stadium by my bed, so it's pretty exciting."
Still, Pierschbacher plans to keep an open mind as he begins the recruiting process. The Class of 2014 prospect just returned from a visit to Oklahoma this past weekend and hopes to get out to camps at Nebraska and Wisconsin, among others this summer.
"Now that we're in the recruiting stage, I've got to keep an open mind about everything," said Pierschbacher. "I'm just going to wait and see what other teams have to offer. I'm going to take some visits and kind of scope everything out to see where I feel the most comfortable."
Pierschbacher, who was named first team all-state as a sophomore this year, is currently in basketball season at Cedar Falls and lifting with the football team in his spare time as well. With some extra attention headed his way due to recruiting, he plans to use it as motivation this coming year.
"Now people are going to have their eyes on me even more and they are expecting a lot of big things out of me, so I can't disappoint now," Pierschbacher said. "I'm just going to keep moving forward and keep working hard to get better."