Canzeri at Ease with Iowa

Jordan Canzeri just showed up on Iowa's radar recently. But the quick courtship proved fruitful as the New York native selected the Hawkeyes as his college choice.

Jordan Canzeri admits he's nervous about attending college half way across the country. The Hawkeye coaches put his mind at ease about leaving New York for Iowa.

"Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and Coach (Ken) O'Keefe are great guys," the running back said. "They let me know that distance is really hard, but they had to go through it too and they know what it's like. They made me feel real comfortable with making the move.

"I'm still in high school and I'm nervous, but everybody has that. It will all be fine."

Canzeri verbally committed to Villanova last Tuesday. That night, Iowa offered him a scholarship. He visited last weekend.

"The program is amazing," Canzeri said. "It's Big Ten football and that's a huge thing. The facilities are amazing. The field itself is just crazy. I can't wait to play in front of 70,000 people."

The 5-foot-9, 174-pound Canzeri played for Troy High School in the Albany, N.Y area. He rushed for 2048 yards and 36 touchdowns in earning Class AA first team all-state honors.

"I'm a competitive player," Canzeri said. "Coming out of a small-town high school, I'm a little nervous about making the jump. But I'll be OK because I'm just going to work really hard. I'm a hard worker and really like to go against good competition. I rise to the occasion."

Canzeri helped a moderately successful Troy program to the state championship game in November. It wasn't until recently, though, that Iowa found him.

"They told me that they don't even usually recruit my area," Canzeri said. "A friend of mine who is involved with recruiting sent a tape out there. The video just came across their desk about two weeks ago. After they saw it, they called me and offered. It all came really quick. It came right after I verballed to Villanova."

Canzeri amazed on-lookers with his speed this season. He ran a 4.41-second, hand-timed, 40-yard dash last summer and was electronically timed at 4.55.

"People do talk about my speed, but I think I have good vision," Canzeri said. "Seeing the field just comes naturally to me. When I score a touchdown, I barely remember what happened to get there."

Canzeri said the coaches indicated he'd have a chance to play right away at Iowa.

"They said I'll help out at running back and go into the rotation," he said. "They're also looking at me for special teams, kick and punt returns."

Canzeri also has his college major figured out.

"I was looking to go into criminal justice," he said. "Since Iowa doesn't have that straight program, I'm going with sociology and take law classes. I want to go into FBI investigation."

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