Iowa Impresses Stringer

Omari Stringer is getting to know college football programs interested in his services. The Chicago defensive back learned more about Iowa on Saturday at the school's junior day and he came away impressed with what he saw and heard.

Jack Beneventi and Omari Stringer have developed a mutual respect for each other. The combatants from the Chicago area have faced off on the gridiron.

The rivals came together on Saturday. They attended Iowa's junior day.

"I've been talking to (Stringer) for a while and (he's) by far the best (defensive back) I have ever played against in football," Beneventi said. "So, I was happy to see him visiting the Hawkeyes."

Beneventi, a quarterback from Benet Academy in Lisle, verbally committed to Iowa last month. The Hawkeyes have been evaluating Stringer, a safety from Crete-Monee High.

"He's a great  guy and will excel at the next level and anything further outside of football," Stringer said of Beneventi. "He's a guy I would love to have on my team. He's an amazing quarterback. The way he plays the game of football is just a sight to see; heck of a guy."

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Stringer reports a scholarship offer from Toledo. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Northern Illinois, UCLA and Wisconsin are showing him interest, he said.

Stringer said he has upcoming junior day visits at Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. He also plans a trip to Northern Illinois.

Iowa impressed Stringer.

"It's beautiful," he said. "It's very peaceful, has a great tradition with a ton of history and is a proud program. I really enjoyed myself.  

"I enjoyed every second. The sad part was that I had to leave."

Hawkeye Defensive Coordinator Phil Parker, who also tutors the secondary, spoke with Stringer and others in a position meeting. They watched film of the Iowa players.

"I got more of a understanding of this game watching guys go out there and leave it all on the table, play with great energy, passion, and heart for themselves, family, fans, and teammates," Stringer said. "Not everyone can play at the Division I level. Those select few guys like myself that have the opportunity really should thank God for the talent; thank your parents for the sacrifice."

Stringer said he spoke with most of the Iowa coaches and received positive feedback.

"They pretty much told me that I'm a great athlete and I have something special  that separates me from others," Stringer said. "I have lot of potential to be something great in this world."

Iowa put together a session at junior day that featured current Hawkeyes talking about their experiences at the school and within the football program.

"I can say I enjoyed hearing the players  perspective," Stringer said. "I really took a lot in from true freshman Reggie Spearman. The transition you have to make from high school to college is not just an easy walk through the park. Like Reggie stated, you have to find what will separate you from the other incoming freshmen. What will you do to make a impact?   How will you help this team? What can you do?

"Also, a  lot of my questions were answered hearing the players talk and the guys touching on being a studen-athlete."

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