September 9, 2008

2010 prospect picks up Iowa offer

The drive from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Iowa City took a little longer than Cody Larson thought it would, but the payoff was worth the wait. The emerging 2010 prospect navigated through heavy fog on Saturday morning, but he eventually made it in time to watch the Hawkeyes play a football game and then pick up a scholarship offer from Coach Lickiter.

"It took us like seven hours to get there, but it all worth it. I had a great time there and Coach Lickliter offered me a scholarship when we met with him," Larson said. "We sat down for a couple of hours and talked after the game. I kind of knew that the offer was probably coming, but it was really cool to get the offer in person from Coach Lickliter."

Larson, who has grown to nearly 6-foot-9 and is up to 225 pounds, enjoyed the approach that Coach Lickliter and his staff gave him.

"They (the coaches) talked to me about how they are building the team with high character and quality guys. The coaches also talked to me about how I would fit into their system, which was helpful. I really liked the coaches a lot," he said.

While he was delayed in getting to Iowa City and missed the basketball teams' traditional shirts and skins before a home football game, Larson, who was joined by his parents and his AAU coach from the Dakota Schoolers, made it in time to enjoy the Hawkeye Football teams win on Saturday afternoon.

"The football game was crazy. They played Florida International and it wasn't a close game, but I really enjoyed it. I liked the atmosphere a lot."

Larson says that he has more trips scheduled this fall and winter, including a trip to Gonzaga in November and potentially, one to Nebraska. Both schools have offered early on and the interest is continuing to rise. But, after Saturday's trip, he did say one school was out front at this point.

"I would say that Iowa is at the top of my list right now," Larson said. "I can really see myself fitting in there and I like the coaches a lot and I like their style of coaching. But, I want to visit other schools to see them before I make my decision."

At this time, Larson doesn't have a timetable to make his college choice, but that could change after making other visits.

Iowa currently has three open scholarships for 2010 and one prospect is already verbally committed to the Hawkeyes in Chanse Creekmur from Marshalltown, Iowa.

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