Tabb Starts Officials with Iowa Trip

Iowa plat host to Penn State in the Big Ten opener this weekend. The Hawkeyes also will be bringing in some serious talent on official recruiting visits. One of the big targets is N.J. TE/LB Jack Tabb. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the Class of 2011 member to get his thoughts on Iowa and the latest on his recruitment.

Iowa hasn't been a prominent name that's popped up in recruiting stories and updates on Jack Tabb. He suggested he just hasn't be asked about the Hawkeyes very much.

"They've always been a school I'm interested in from the very early on," Tabb said. "I talk to Coach (Kirk) Ferentz pretty frequently. I know if I'm hearing from the head coach, they're very interested as well."

I attempted to reach out to Tabb several times earlier this year, but couldn't connect. As I mentioned, Iowa didn't come up in a lot in other interviews, so I wasn't sure the Hawkeyes were a player considering they already received three verbal commitments from tight ends.

"They're recruiting me as an athlete, which I like," Tabb said of Iowa. "I'll be gathering information while I'm there on what they have planned for me. I do prefer offense a little more than defense. There's nothing like the feeling of scoring a touchdown."

Tabb is scheduled to officially visit Iowa City this weekend for the Penn State football game. It represents his first official visit of the five allowed by NCAA rules.

Tabb has not scheduled future officials but said North Carolina, Florida and Arkansas would definitely receive official visits. All have offered. He also mentioned Michigan, Boston College, Michigan State and Rutgers as other schools in the running.

Iowa Assistant Darrell Wilson is leading the recruitment of the 6-foot-4½, 235-pound Tabb. The Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic High product says distance from home will not factor into his decision.

"I was raised in a military family, so that's not an issue," he said. "My mom and I have moved around my whole life."

Tabb is aware of Iowa's success with the tight end.

"I'm a big fan of the Colts and I know Dallas Clark is from Iowa," he said. "I also know that they had a guy (Tony Moeaki) drafted last year."

Tabb lists all of the schools he's considering as being even for his services. He knows what he wants in a college.

"I'm looking for the total package," Tabb said. "I want to feel comfortable with the coaches and the players. I'm also focusing very hard on the academic part."

Tabb, who wants to study broadcast journalism, thinks he offers versatility to whichever school he chooses.

"I can do a lot of things for a football team," he said. "Offensively, I think I'm a mismatch. I have good speed for a tight end and also am very physical.

"Defensively, I can play with my hand on the ground or run at linebacker, with I like a lot. I play mostly linebacker in high school but sometimes I move up and put my hand down."

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