January 26, 2009

Clark learns more on official visit

Being a long time recruit and commit, at least when it come the world of recruiting, and living near the Iowa campus, Drew Clark has seen plenty of the Iowa program. But, this time his visit was different. It was his official visit to the Iowa campus and he learned a different perspective about the Hawkeye Football program from the players and the coaches.

"I would say that it allows you to get more of a feel about what day to day life is there. We had a chance to talk to a player panel that answers a lot of your questions. I think that helps you to figure out if you are going to be comfortable," Clark said.

Clark said that there were five players who participated in the player panel, which is a staple of official visit for Iowa prospects, and he learned a lot about day to day life in the Hawkeye program from current players like Bryan Bulaga and Adrian Clayborn.

"What they talked about quite a bit was the family atmosphere around the program and how the older guys helped out the younger guys no matter what class they were in."

The 6-foot-4 and 280 pound future offensive lineman from Marion High School was hosted this weekend by Iowa's starting offensive guard, Julian Vandervelde. His time with Vandervelde also included a group dinner where the coaches re-visited his official visit a few years ago where the Davenport native set the unofficial record for eating cheese fries.

"I heard the stories about his official visit from the coaches," he said with a laugh. "He spent a lot of time with me and introduced me to a lot of the other players on the team. He just let me know that I could always call him and that he would always be someone that I could talk to."

Clark said he also spent time with Coach Reese Morgan, who was his lead recruiter and future position coach, and Head Coach Kirk Ferentz. He also met with Coach Doyle, who gave him a rundown of their workout program and he met with a professor in the Engineering program, which is what he would like to study at the University of Iowa.

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