March 14, 2011

Meyer picks the Hawkeyes

Kyle Meyer said he wanted to make his college choice sooner rather than later. That decision was made official today. After visiting his top three schools one more time in the past month, he felt that Iowa was the right place and made a verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes.

The 6-foot-9 power forward prospect from the Class of 2012 actually made his verbal commitment to Iowa one week ago and decided to wait to make it public on Monday afternoon.

"I called Coach Francis last Monday," he said. "They were in practice, but we talked for about ten minutes and I told him I was ready to commit. Then I talked to Coach McCaffery for about five minutes and he was really happy that I was on board."

On his visit last month to Iowa City, Meyer said he was still considering Iowa, Clemson, and East Carolina, but wanted to make one last tour of each school before making a verbal commitment.

"It came down to a level of comfort," Meyer said Monday afternoon. "It feels good to have it done. I was feeling like I wanted to make my commitment and the last few visits confirmed this was the right time and place for me."

Meyer averaged 16 points and 14 rebounds this past season for Northview High School in Alpharetta, GA. He said that Clemson did not extend a scholarship offer and wanted to wait to evaluate him this summer, but even if the Tigers would have offered, he knew Iowa was the right place for him.

"It wasn't a factor to me because I was leaning towards Iowa already. I just felt Iowa was a better fit for me than Clemson, in terms of the overall feel of the program and the style of play. I think it is a great place for me."

Meyer is the first known verbal commitment for Coach Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeyes in the Class of 2012.

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