They say you win some and you lose some in recruiting. And for those of you who follow recruiting, you know that decisions can turn on a dime and go any number of ways. No secret that Kansas State is looking to the future at Quarterback, the Wildcats hosted Drew Ott before he decided to pull the trigger and commit to Iowa. Here is his interview just prior to committing to the Hawkeyes.
Drew Ott, out of Giltner, Nebraska, has been making the rounds at summer camps. He is coming away impressing coaching staffs and picking up offers. Playing in a small town of approximately 400 people, Ott plays 8-man football for the Giltner Hornets in Hamilton County. However, with his excellent size and big production numbers, the tight end/defensive end prospect is becoming well-known nationally, currently holding four offers.
"Ohio, Kansas State, San Diego State, and Iowa have offered me," Ott said. "I think I have a good chance of being offered by Nebraska. I had a pretty good camp, and they told me they were really interested. They want to continue to evaluate me into my my senior season."
Ott, 6-foot-4, 230-pounds, had 23 reception for 450 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. As a sophomore, he came close to 200 tackles and hauled in four interceptions. He has started since his freshman year making All-State every season for the Hornets. In addition to the Cornhusker camp, Ott also went to Manhattan, Kansas and Iowa City, Iowa.
"I went up to Kansas State with one of my teammates, Logan Rath," Ott said. "I enjoyed talking with Del Miller. I thought I did really well at the camp. After the trip I called Coach Miller, and he extended the offer.
"I talked with Coach Snyder for about 30 minutes. He's a great guy, very down to earth. I liked how the campus is small and compact. It's a great program."
Ott has been a member of successful Hornet teams at Giltner. They went 9-2 in 2008, 11-2 in 2009, and 11-2 on 2010.
"Continuing to get bigger and faster has helped my game," Ott said. "As a senior, there's just one goal for myself and my team and that's to win it all. As a freshman we made it to the quarterfinals, then as a junior we made it to state but lost, and last year we made it to the semifinals. It's tough keep getting that close but coming away empty. This year we're going to get it done."
Ott may decide to hold off on a commitment to wait on other offers and take his official visits, but right now one school has established itself as his leader.
"The things that are most important to me in choosing a school are academics, how well I like the coaches and the players at the school, and the atmosphere," said Ott. "I really like what I saw at when I camped at Iowa. I'd put them as my number one."
Outstanding in the classroom, Ott reports a 3.9-plus GPA. He'll wear jersey No. 7 for the fourth straight year for the Giltner Hornets.