Tyler Wiegers realized the phone call would be tough. His heart told him it was one he had to make, however.
The Detroit Country Day Quarterback reached the Rutgers football coaches last week. He told them that he was de-committing from an April pledge.
"They were really understanding," Wiegers said. "I felt really bad having to tell them. But you have to do what's best for you."
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Wiegers felt looking at other schools was best for him. He scheduled an official visit for this weekend to Iowa, who offered him a scholarship in the summer. He saw the school in April.
"I felt like I got a chance to know them pretty well in the spring," Wiegers said. "I had a good relationship with Coach (Phil) Parker and Coach (Greg) Davis. I got to meet all of the coaches when I was out there and they are great guys."
Wiegers said he had not spoken to Iowa since the summer before the Big Ten school reached out to him following his de-commitment from Rutgers.
The University of Pennsylvania also has spoken with Wiegers and he is considering visiting the Ivy League School. Indiana and several MAC programs also has inquired about the his availability, he said.
"Outside of Iowa and Penn, I really haven't had a lot of contact with other schools," Wiegers said. "I think at this point a lot of schools are set (at quarterback in the Class of 2014)."
If it comes down to the Big Ten versus the Ivy League, the levels of football are drastically different. Iowa is averaging about 67,000 fans a game while the Quakers are bringing in about 13,000 a contest to Franklin Field.
After de-committing, Wiegers is digging deeper and proceeding cautiously. Academics are important as he considers an undergraduate degree in business before studying medicine, like orthopedic surgery.
"I want to make sure I see everywhere I want to see," Wiegers said. "I hope to go somewhere where I have a great feel about everything. I really want to be comfortable with my decision. I really want it to be a solid choice."
Wiegers plans to soak up as much as he can at Iowa when he and his family drive west on Friday and spends two days at the school.
"I'm excited to see the game atmosphere, get a good look at the academics and meet the players," Wiegers said.
Wiegers is classified as a pro-style quarterback.
"I've seen Iowa play on TV through the years," he said. "They play a system that I feel I can fit into very well."