IOWA CITY, Iowa – Just as in life, nothing is guaranteed in athletics. Unforeseen circumstances can end a career at any time.
That’s why for many prospective collegiate student-athletes, including 4-star receiver Isaiah Robertson, off-the-field interests are just as important as those on the field.
Robertson knows about Iowa’s success in football. But his main focus during his upcoming visit to Iowa City on April 23 will be on academics.
Robertson has scheduled his visit to coincide with Iowa’s final spring scrimmage on April 23rd.
“Really, I want to hear about the education I can be offered at Iowa,” said Robertson, who is from Naperville, Ill. “(I want to know about) the opportunities that can come from Iowa outside of football.
“But I also want to know how serious Iowa is about me and how I can fit into their scheme.”
Robertson recently released a list of his six favorite schools. Iowa made the list, along with Illinois, Penn State, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame.
Robertson isn’t very familiar with the Iowa program. But what he’s heard from 2016 Iowa defensive back recruit Emmanuel Rugamba has sparked his interest.
It also helps that Iowa finished 12-2 this past season and played in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1991.
“I haven’t seen as much on Iowa has I have these other schools,” Robertson said. “Talking to Manny this past week on the way they prepare their players for the next level and how there’s proof of success in that area really sparked my interest.”
Robertson said he plans to visit Illinois on Saturday and is closer to making a decision than he once thought.
“First I said the middle to end of summer,” Robertson said. “By now (it’ll probably be) sometime this month or next.”