Lockport, Ill., quarterback Jake Christensen had just wrapped up a summer baseball league game tonight (11-3 Porters win) and Christensen also ended his recruiting process earlier in the day when he called head coach Kirk Ferentz and gave his verbal commitment to the University of Iowa.
“I called the Iowa coaches this afternoon and gave them my verbal commitment,” Jake Christensen said. "I really made my decision after I was at the Iowa camp last weekend. I left the camp and as I was driving away from Iowa City I just decided then that Iowa was the place for me."
So why Iowa?
"It's just a gut feeling for me, and Iowa just feels right. Since day one Iowa just felt the most comfortable to me, and someday I'm thinking about being a coach, and I want to learn the college game from the coaches at Iowa. I can't say enough good things about the coaches at Iowa."
Christensen talked about making an early decision.
"I never really went into the recruiting stuff with a plan to verbal early, I was going see how things went, I was able to make several unofficial visits over the last year or so. In the end it always seemed like I was comparing other schools to Iowa and to what Iowa had to offer. I just decided that I was ready to make my decision, and it feels really good to have made my decision."
"I was giving serious consideration to both Arkansas and Michigan State besides Iowa. Both schools were just great to me, and they gave me a lot to think about. In the end I know that I've made the best decision for myself. My family is also very excited about me choosing Iowa."
"It feels good to know that I can put the recruiting stuff behind me now. I want to really get focused on my senior year, and now I can look forward to the fall without having to worry about trying to narrow things down."
Besides wrapping up his summer baseball and summer football camps, look for Christensen to also hit the recruiting trail for the Hawkeyes this fall. "Make sure you tell (Barrington OL Dan) Doering he's next. And then I'm aiming for (Wheaton South OT Dace) Richardson and (Wheaton South TE Anthony) Moeaki as well as Ryan Bain. I'm gonna try to get all of the top Illinois guys heading to Iowa."