Maurice Fleming wasn't about to leave his seat Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. He turned to his travel companions when Iowa trailed by three touchdowns in the third quarter and called for a Hawkeye comeback.
The prophetic 2012 Iowa verbal commitment saw things on the field that made him a believer despite the one-sided nature of the first three quarters.
"I've seen games on Big Ten Network where they come back and the defense pulls through," the 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback recruit said. "Soon as they started doing the no-huddle, I knew things would take off because they've got good wide receivers. The running game is already spectacular.
"All they had to do was just use their receivers more. (Pitt's) corners were suspect, from what I saw."
Iowa delivered what is believed to be the biggest comeback in the history of the program in the 31-27 win. Fleming felt like he took another step closer to being a Hawkeye. He has made several unofficial visits to Iowa City.
"Everything was great," he said. "Fans showed support. All of the Iowa players made me feel like family. It was a good game to watch the atmosphere overall to have fun being with the crowd. It's another time I got to look into the future and saying that's going to be me on the field playing with those guys."
Fleming tore his ACL at the beginning of the season and will miss the remainder of his senior year. He said he expected to have the knee repaired within the next two weeks. The damage was contained to the ACL.
"There's no doubt in my mind that I'll be back for (summer workouts at Iowa," Fleming said. "I'm hoping to be back for track season, which is in February or March. I hope to be 100 percent by then."
The Chicago Currie Metropolitan High star sustained the injury on a punt return.
"I think I made four people miss and then headed towards the sideline," Fleming said. "There was a guy there who I made miss, but when I made the juke move my knee blew out. I knew something was happening because I never felt any pain in my knee like that before."
Fleming was told by doctors at the hospital that his knee was sprained. He returned to practice for light workouts when the discomfort increased. Then, he underwent an MRI, which revealed the ligament tear.
Despite his verbal commitment to Iowa, the Scout.com three-star prospect and No. 35th-ranked corner nationally hears from other programs.
"Yeah, it is what it is," Fleming said. "I'm committed to Iowa."
Alexander picked up a scholarship offer from Fran McCaffery on Saturday. Smith visited Kinnick for the first time with a Hawkeye offer in hand.
"Dave got a feel for the school," said Fleming, who said he did not try to influence his friend on the trip. "He knows about Iowa as much as I do. There's really nothing to say to David. It's his decision, now. I'm not really going to do anything to make his decision even better for Iowa. It's up to him."