The planned date for Chicago (Ill.) St. Rita athlete Tommy Mister's college commitment is fast approaching… unless two upcoming visits give him reason for pause.
"I really want to commit on the 23rd," Mister said. "But I am going down to check Michigan State out on the 15th and Indiana out on the 22nd. Pretty much I know where I want to go, but if I like Michigan State or Indiana, I might slow up."
The school that sits out there as the team to beat is Iowa State. They Cyclones almost nabbed his commitment earlier this spring.
"We were down at Iowa State and I really wanted to commit then, but my dad wanted me to take my time so I said June 23rd I'd make a decision," Mister said. "I got offered by Michigan State after the visit, so we are going to take a visit there a week before I commit to see what they have to offer."
While Iowa State remains atop his list, Mister still has some concerns to work through with the Cyclone's program.
"They brought in 3-4 running backs this off-season, then they got another running back commitment last week," Mister said. "I don't really care about who is in front of me, but nobody wants to go into a role where they have 5-6 guys in front of them. I really want to get in and play fast."
Another school that continues to hang around Mister's top group is Illinois, but they sit outside his current top three.
"They are just a step below," Mister said. They were my No. 1 when they first offered me, but I don't want to go somewhere where the head coaching job is somewhat shaky."
So, the upcoming visits to Michigan State and Indiana will determine if Mister is ready to commit to one of his top three schools, or if he needs more time to make a decision. One factor that has not played a major role is what position the 6-foot, 198-pound athlete will play at the next level.
"They really say it is up to me - whatever I want to go in and play at," Mister said. "I really want to go into college playing running back, maybe sometimes playing wide receiver or punt return, kick return."