The Iowa football program continued its impressive recruiting work this summer by receiving a verbal commitment from Andrew Donnal of Whitehouse, Ohio. Donnal is one of the top offensive tackle targets in the country and it’s easy to see why Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, West Virginia and a host of other schools were interested in his skills, as each of those programs, plus others, had offered the 6-7/280 pounder a scholarship offer.
This summer has seen a number of ‘early’ commitments if you will, whereas in past years, many of the nation’s top targets have waited longer in the recruiting process to pull the trigger.
”I just felt very comfortable with Iowa, their coaches and the program as a whole,” Donnal said. “Ever since my first visit there, I felt at home. It’s something that’s hard to explain, but that you just know something is right when it’s right and this felt right.”
As is the case for a lot of top prospects, phone calls from coaches, newspapers and websites began to mount up. Donnal is not unhappy to see that part of the recruiting process come to an end.
”I am pretty relieved, actually. First, it’s most important that I found the best school for me. But to have found that, and hopefully the recruiting calls will stop now, it’s like a big weight lifted off of my shoulders.”
”But I am sure some schools will keep calling. I will just tell them what I have told you; I have found the place I am most comfortable with.”
One school has been noticeably absent on Donnal’s offer list, and that is the instate Ohio State Buckeyes. So, what if they come calling with an offer?
”I am done. I won’t change my decision. I factored a lot of things into this decision, and that was one of them. I am at a place I want to call home, because it already feels like home.”