Omar Truitt has never been to Iowa, but that didn’t stop him from pledging his college football career to the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Monday evening, the Washinton D.C. cornerback committed to the Hawkeyes, becoming the fourth commitment for Iowa’s 2014 class and first in two months.
“I’ve done a lot of research on it, looked at some reviews, and people have told me a lot about it,” Truitt told Hawkeyeeport.com on Monday night. “It’s a college town where they eat, sleep, and breathe Iowa football. It’s all about the Hawkeyes out there. I know it’s going to be a great place for me.”
Truitt, a 5-11, 185-pounder who plays for St. John’s College High School, plans to visit Iowa City for Iowa’s elite junior day on June 21. He planned to commit then, but decided not to wait.
“What’s the point of waiting if I already know where I want to go?” Truitt said. “That’s where I was kind of at this week, so I just wanted to get it out of the way and do it now instead.”
Truitt does, however, plan to make camp visits at Ohio State, Tennessee, North Carolina State, and Georgia. He told HR.com that he expects more offers — he currently has offers from Maryland, Syracuse and Richmond — but still likes Iowa and his decision.
“I know that schools are going to offer me once I camp there, but I feel confident and comfortable with the decision that I made,” he said.
Maryland was Iowa’s closest competitor. The school offered Truitt on May 21. It’s also just 20 minutes from where he lives in D.C.
Distance doesn’t sound like a deal-breaker for Truitt, whose father, Olanda, played six seasons in the NFL during the mid-1990s.
“No, it was just about whatever is the best decision for me,” said Truitt, who was recruited by Iowa assistant Chris White. “If it was in California or Maryland or Florida, it doesn’t matter. Whatever is the best spot for me is where I wanted to go.”
Maryland offered after Truitt had a 45-minute meeting with coach Randy Edsall, according to the Washington Post. Iowa called and offered. He told the Post that he had to mute the phone while he yelled to his mom.
“When you first get on the phone with them or first meet them, it hits you,” Truitt told the Post. “You just want to cry, because you know you’ve been working so hard for this moment, that people are finally recognizing your talents and what you can offer to their football program. It’s still a very exciting time.”
You can’t counterbalance the “college tour” portion of this post with what Truitt twice told the Post about Iowa, “a great fit.”
Truitt is the first Iowa commitment in two months, since Dubuque Senior O-lineman Lucas LeGrand committed on April 3. He’s also the first non-Iowa commit for 2014, joining Cedar Falls OL Ross Pierschbacher and Union High School QB Jay Scheel.
Ross Pierschbacher, OL, 6-4, 275 Cedar Falls High School ****
Jay Scheel, QB 6-2, 170 Union High School (La Porte City) ****
Lucas LeGrand, OL, 6-5, 260 Dubuque Senior High School ***
Omar Truitt, CB, 5-11, 185, St. John’s College High School (Washington D.C.) ***
* — Rivals.com star rating
Truitt turns his hips and hand fights well. Likes man coverage and bump-and-run. Holds up well physically and very poised in his chances on offense here.
More-than-willing tackler. Reads and reacts very quickly.
Here’s Truitt in an interview.
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