Saturday, April 19, 2014 9:06 PM
Published on: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Although the start to his senior campaign is still several weeks away, Omar Truitt, a Prince George’s County native, has decided to end the recruiting process.
The St. John’s College High School athlete has verbally committed to play college football at the University of Iowa.
“It’s a great college town,” said Truitt, a starter since his freshman campaign at the Northwest D.C. private school. “It’s a great place to be and there are a lot of faithful fans.”
Truitt said he chose the Big Ten Conference program over offers from Maryland, Syracuse and Tennessee. Six Hawkeye defensive back s have been drafted to the National Football League in the last seven years, according to the Draft History website.
“He’s very dynamic,” said St. John’s head coach Joe Patterson. “I think he’s projected at Iowa as a defensive back. He can really do it all.”
The son of former NFL wide receiver Olanda Truitt, the Fort Washington resident said he can hardly wait to “get in there (and) learn the playbook as soon as possible.”
Truitt said he looks forward to playing against elite college programs like Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State.
“The Big Ten is the second best conference in college football,” said Truitt, a Rivals.com and Scout.com three-star recruit. “Being able to play against that competition feels good.”
As a junior last season, Truitt, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound wide receiver and cornerback, helped lead the Cadets to a 5-6 overall record, including a 3-3 mark in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
He said his goals for 2013 include: winning a championship, being a better leader and “getting myself mentally prepared to go into college.”
The Cadets begin the 2013 campaign at home Aug. 24 against Baltimore powerhouse Calvert Hall.
“I really expect him to go into his fourth year as a starter to be a force on both sides of the ball,” said Patterson.