September 13, 2010

Woodbury impressed by Iowa visit

Last year Adam Woodbury got the see the Iowa/Iowa State football game from the Cyclone perspective by attending the game in Ames. This year it was Iowa's turn to give their sales pitch on the day of the annual in-state battle and the nearly 7-foot prospect in the Class of 2012 came away very impressed with what Coach Fran McCaffery and his staff have to offer.

"It was a lot of fun. I had a really good time meeting with the team, the coaches, and the rest of the guys who were visiting," Woodbury said. "The fans were great at the game. It was a lot of fun being there and watching them cheer on the Hawkeyes."

Before heading over to Kinnick Stadium, Woodbury, who is ranked by as the 105th best player in the Class of 2012, spent time with the coaching staff over at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a breakfast meeting where they continued to make their sales pitch.

"They (The Iowa coaches) talked about their system and how much they want me to be a Hawkeye. They told me about how they are out recruiting very hard and how they want to get (Josh) Oglesby as well as me, Marcus (Paige), and Mike (Gesell) and then put together a pretty good run to something special."

Woodbury also had a celebrity meeting while visiting the Iowa Basketball suite at Kinnick Stadium when celebrity couple Ashton Kutcher, who is a native Iowan, and his wife Demi Moore stopped by to say hello.

"It was pretty cool to meet both of them. They were very down to earth people."

Just two days earlier, Coach Fran McCaffery, along with assistant coaches Andrew Francis and Kirk Speraw, attended an open gym at Sioux City East High School. The Hawkeye coaches have told Woodbury that he would be a big part of their plans for the future.

"The Iowa coaches are a great bunch of guys. I have a lot of fun talking to them. I have a lot of respect for them," he said. "They have told me that they really want me to be a Hawkeye. I am excited to be recruited by them and that they have offered me."

Iowa isn't alone in the race to land the talented big man from Sioux City. Virginia and Creighton both visited later on Thursday evening and on Sunday night, Stanford and Utah stopped by. This coming week, Ball State and UNI will be visiting, along with as many as a dozen more programs.

With nine offers in hand, Woodbury isn't in any rush to make a commitment at this point. He wants to take his time and learn more about all of the schools recruiting him.

"Right now I am taking it all in and look at all the schools," Woodbury said. "Eventually I am going to try and narrow it down and look harder at those schools."

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