After a strong July on the travel circuit, the recruitment of Colton Iverson took off. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound post player from Yankton (S.D.) High School went through a series of five official visits before coming to a decision Wednesday night.
"Colton committed to Minnesota last night," said Iverson's father Chuck Iverson. "Coach Smith thinks Colton can help them his freshman year. Of course there is work to be done strength wise and skill wise, but Coach Smith said they need help and they want Colton's help."
Known for running a power oriented offense, Coach Tubby Smith is working hard to land another post prospect. Mr. Iverson said his son was intrigued by the opportunity to play alongside Ralph Sampson III.
"Coach Smith said he wants to run a double post offense with a high/low game," said Iverson. "Colton had the chance to meet Ralph when they visited together. He liked the idea of being able to play with him and is hoping he chooses Minnesota."
It was a tight race for Minnesota to land Iverson with Nebraska, Creighton, Iowa State, Florida and Iowa all being in the mix.
"Colton was impressed with Nebraska, but Creighton was in there strong as well. He eliminated Florida early on, and then was considering visiting Iowa after having a home visit with them. Iowa just got in a little late, and he felt he needed to get on with his life and make a decision. But most of all with Minnesota, he was really impressed with what the school, city, players and coaching staff had to offer. He's really excited and I'm excited for him."
Iverson is the No. 140 ranked prospect in the Rivals150.