Cedar Falls, Iowa offensive tackle Ross Pierschbacher committed to Iowa back in January, but took visits to Alabama and Stanford in the month of July. After careful deliberation, the four-star prospect announced Sunday he was committing to Alabama.
"After considering many different options and things important to me, my family, and my future career, I am excited to announce that I have decided to play my collegiate career for Coach Saban and The University of Alabama," Pierschbacher said in an email to Rivals.com.
There had been speculation since Pierschbacher postponed a planned Aug. 2 announcement which way he would ultimately go. Iowa and Alabama emerged as the two strongest contenders, and Pierschbacher wanted to make his choice public before his schedule got any more hectic.
"I would like to end the speculation as I prepare to enter my senior season so that I may focus my attention to my team," he said.
"This has been a very humbling experience and I would like to thank everyone that has helped me along the way."
Pierschbacher had been Iowa's first commitment in the 2014 class when he committed back in January.
"I would like to thank Coach Ferentz, his coaching staff, and the University of Iowa for the offer to be part of Hawkeye Football," he said. "They have a great tradition, outstanding people and a top notch program."
In Pierschbacher, Alabama has landed the third highest rated recruit to come out of the state of Iowa since 2002. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman is the No. 80 prospect nationally and the No. 11 offensive tackle in the 2014 class.
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