By Tyler Devine
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa quarterback commit Peyton Mansell played his final game as a high school athlete on Dec. 22, but it wasn't for his hometown Belton High School in Texas.
Mansell was chosen to play in the Blue-Grey All-Star game at AT&T Stadium in Dallas and had the opportunity to compete on the same team as his close friend and former Iowa receiver commit Beau Corrales, a native of Georgetown, Texas.
The All-Star game was the first, and possibly only time, that Mansell will throw to Corrales in a game. Mansell admits that he couldn't help but think about the what-ifs while he played alongside Corrales in the all-star game.
"Yeah it was (bittersweet)," Mansell said. "I got to hang out with him and I roomed with him so it was a great couple days but it was just kind of like dang, this could have been four years of this. But it’s all good, he’s going to a place where he’s going to have a lot of success.”
"That was the first time I’ve ever played in a game with Beau. It was a fun experience and I wish it would translate to college but, you know, he’s going to a different university and he’ll tear it up wherever he goes."
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Mansell has tried to attract other recruits to Iowa. He thinks one or two of the players who competed in the all-star game will get a look from the Hawkeyes, but he mostly tried to stay away from recruiting while participarting in the all-star festivities.
"There were a bunch of quality players there and I’m sure one or two of them will a look from Iowa," Mansell said. "I tried to keep the college aspect out of it and just enjoy my last high school game.”
Mansell plans to make his official visit to Iowa Jan. 27 and is anxious to get another look at the Iowa campus.
"I’m really excited," Mansell said. "It’s going to be a great experience and I can’t wait to meet all the guys."