Kicker Drew Stevens returns from Iowa City
After attending Iowa's camp earlier this month, South Carolina kicker Drew Stevens was back in Iowa City this weekend for an unofficial visit with the Hawkeyes. This time, the 6-foot-1, 173-pound Stevens was able to tour the campus and spend more time with the Iowa coaching staff.
"The whole experience was great," said Stevens. "Coach Ferentz and all the coaches and people were so good to me, it felt like home."
During his stay in Iowa City, the Hawkeye coaching staff officially extended a preferred walk-on opportunity to Stevens and discussed his role if he decides to join the program.
"Iowa only offers freshmen kickers preferred walk-on opportunities," Stevens said. "If I win the job after spring practice going into fall camp I could move on to scholarship, basically taking over Caleb Shudak but nothing is guaranteed."
"Coach Woods also gave me the option to enroll early in January to go through spring semester and practice as a preferred walk-on and get seven months of lifting and training before fall camp starts to give me every advantage possible, but he is not pressuring me to enroll early if I want to finish out high school. He was so great to me all weekend."
Now, Stevens has a big decision on his hands as he weighs all of his options, which include preferred walk-on opportunities at Iowa, NC State, and South Carolina as well as interest from several others including Virginia Tech, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and Coastal Carolina. Currently, it appears that it may come down to Iowa and NC State.
"I have a real tough decision now," said Stevens. "I am down to two schools and both have fantastic coaches and many benefits. It's going to be hard to decide, but I am going to talk with my family tonight and tomorrow and make it on Monday."