IOWA CITY, Ia. - It was an offer Anthony Hitchens could not refuse.
"They pretty much pulled me aside into a room with Coach (Kirk) Ferentz," Hitchens recalled from mid-afternoon on Saturday. "He explained that there was a (scholarship) offer sitting on the table. I explained to him that I wanted to come to Iowa since the first day they started talking to me. He said, well, there's an offer on the table. I said I'd like to sign."
It wasn't exactly the Godfather, but you get the idea. It would have taken a major upset for Hitchens to walk away from the deal during his official visit to the school over the weekend.
"It was a relief after I told him," the 2010 safety from Ohio said. "I felt a lot better."
Hitchens received his long awaited offer from Iowa on Wednesday. They started recruiting him last spring.
Hitchens came to Iowa with questions he needed answered. He heard would he hoped to hear and pulled the trigger on his commitment.
"I wanted to know how the people were out there away from football," he said. "I wanted to find out about the learning center and what the business school was like."
Hitchens made the trip by himself. His mother stayed behind on Ohio to be with his father, who was hospitalized. He needed a stent in his kidney and was home on Sunday night when his son returned from Iowa.
"They were really excited for me," Hitchens said. "They would have been happy and come to all my games wherever I went, but they knew I really wanted to go to Iowa."
Hitchens will finish up his basketball season and then spend the spring lifting weights and running on the track team. He competes in the 100-meter dash (fastest time is 10.9 seconds) and 4x100.
"I'm going to come out to Iowa in June so I can hopefully get ahead of some people on things with conditioning and the playbook," he said.
Hawkeyeinsider.com wrote a storyon Hitchens earlier this week which gives more background on his recruitment.
Here are some videos of Hitchens: