Lohn Enjoys Iowa Trip

Class of 2012 Kansas City Defensive End Nate Lohn took another step towards choosing a college with his first official visit over the weekend. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the Staley High star to see how he liked his Iowa visit and what's ahead for him on the recruiting trail.

Concern crossed Nate Lohn's mind as he sat watching Pittsburgh dominate the Hawkeyes into the third quarter Saturday. The 2012 DE prospect from Kansas City saw his official visit to Iowa taking a turn for the worse.

"When it was 24-3 (Pitt), I was thinking, "Oh man, this is going to be awkward. They're going to get blown out and the rest of the visit is going to be a little bit awkward,"" Lohn said. "But it was awesome. I was very excited to see them come back. It was great to see them get that win."

The Hawkeyes executed what is believed to be the biggest comeback in the history of the program with the 31-27 win. Not a bad way for Lohn to spend his first official visit.

"It went really well," he said. "I enjoyed it. I got treated pretty well."

Scout.com ranks Lohn as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale. The service rates him as the 80th best defensive end nationally in the '12 class.

Lohn was looking to get a feel for how the players and coaches got along at Iowa. He also focused on the game atmosphere.

"I think the players and the coaches have a real good relationship," Lohn said. "The coaches are always pushing the players. That's something you want."

Lohn (6-3, 260) is scheduled to officially visit Stanford on Oct. 1. He's also considering officials to Michigan State, Northwestern and Missouri. He holds scholarship offers from all of them.

"I really enjoyed my unofficial to Michigan State and I've always enjoyed talking to the coaches at Northwestern," Lohn said. "They have a pretty good academic program there and I like that a lot. And Morgan Steward (Missouri verbal) our running back (at Staley High in KC) is always trying to talk me into going to Mizzou with him."

Lohn said the Iowa trip was a good step in his search for a program.

"Visiting Stanford will help me out a bit in terms of making a decision," he said. "I could maybe see one more (visit) besides Stanford, but that's not sure yet. After that, I'll evaluate and make the decision, probably."

Lohn said he does not have a set date for his verbal commitment.

"I'm not just letting it go because I'm thinking about it every day and I'm trying to focus on what would be the best choice for me" he said. "I think when I feel confident about the decision that's when I'll make it. I'm not going to drag my feet.

"I'm just not going to set a deadline. If I don't have a decision by then, I'd have to make one before I'm ready or push it past that. I don't see a point in that."

Lohn said he envisioned himself in the Iowa defensive scheme on Saturday.

"I think I can fit in pretty well there at three-technique or maybe a five," he said. "I'd have to gain a little bit of weight to be a three."

Lohn said his best asset on the field are his combination of strength and quickness off of the ball. He also is proud of his fundamentals, although he's always looking to improve in that area.

True freshman Riley McMinn hosted Lohn on his Iowa visit. He and the other Hawkeyes stressed the reasons why they chose the program.

"There's a lot of talk about the NFL," Lohn said. "That probably comes more from the players than the coaches. I think it's pretty cool thinking about being the best football player you can be and how they can get you there. That's a lot of what I heard this weekend."

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is well respected in the NFL. He's also a big reason why Lohn is considering Iowa.

"I love Coach Ferentz. Coach Ferentz is a great guy, a great coach," he said. "I'm just very comfortable with him. One of the things that impressed me (Saturday) is even though the fans and even some of the players with wide-ranging emotions during the game, Coach Ferentz was very even-keeled. He was very determined and focused. He was very poised. I like that in a coach."

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