August 19, 2008

Van Sloten visits Iowa City

Among the recruits at Iowa's open practice on Saturday was Decorah offensive line prospect Brett Van Sloten. The 6-foot-7, 255-pound Van Sloten, who picked up an offer from the Hawkeyes three weeks ago, enjoyed the opportunity to visit Kinnick Stadium and walk through practice with the team.

In Iowa City, Van Sloten had a chance to catch up with some other recruits he has gotten to know, including Iowa commit Drew Clark, who attended the offensive line meetings with him.

A tight end and defensive tackle in high school, Van Sloten is receiving college interest primarily at offensive line, which is a position he was able to play in camps this summer. After making stops at Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, and UNI, the Decorah native's hard work paid off when the Hawkeyes offered a scholarship in late July.

Van Sloten, whose father played at Iowa State, says he has been steadily buying more Iowa gear, including the shirt he wore on Saturday, ever since the Hawkeyes started recruiting him. While he is still very interested to see whether or not the Cyclones eventually offer, he is comfortable with both in-state schools at this point.

Also a first team all-state basketball selection in addition to football, Van Sloten averaged 21.6 points and 15.6 rebounds per game this past season. The state's leading rebounder, he grabbed a lot of headlines in January when he put up 40 points and 29 rebounds in a win over New Hampton.

Currently, Van Sloten plans to wait and make his decision about midway through the football season. Decorah opens up play in Class 3A with a game at home against Waverly-Shell Rock on August 29.

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