Tyler Wiegers felt uneasy with his commitment to Rutgers and decided last week to look around. When he visited Iowa this weekend, the Detroit quarterback emerged himself in the environment to determine if it was the right place for him.
Ike Boettger, a freshman from Cedar Falls, played host to Wiegers. They spent a lot of Friday in the dorms living the life of college students.
"I got along with him really well," Wiegers said. "I hung out with a lot of the younger players like the youngreceivers. They were all really cool and I felt like I fit in really well.
"That's really what you want and the environment you're looking for. You want to feel comfortable."
Despite an enjoyable weekend in Iowa City, Wiegers' recruitment remained open. He said he likely would make his choice next month after officially visiting the University of Pennsylvania on Dec. 13.
"I'll decide in mid to late December," Wiegers said. "I felt really good about my visit to Iowa and it's a place I can see myself playing. I just want to continue to build my relationship with the coaches and go from there."
Wiegers and his family drove across Michigan, Indiana and Illinois before arriving in Iowa on Friday. They toured the Tippie College of Business and Tyler met with offensive coordinator Greg Davis.
"He told me what he expects out of his quarterbacks," Wiegers said. "I feel a good connection with Coach Davis. We talked a lot last winter and in the spring. He's a great guy and I love to talk to him. He's really smart and has a great mind for the game."
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz also made Wiegers feel wanted.
"He's a cool guy," Wiegers said. "We can talk about just about anything. We talked about the recruiting process and how he felt like I fit in there."
Iowa currently starts redshirt sophomore Jake Rudock at quarterback. His back-up his second-year freshman, C.J. Beathard. Nic Shimonek is sitting our his first fall on campus and Cody Sokol, a redshirt junior, his third string right now.
"You look at the depth chart a little bit but it's not s big factor," Wiegers said. "You really just look at the things you can control and understand there are a lot of things that can happen like injuries and transfers. You just talk to the coaches and see when you might have a realistic opportunity to compete for the starting job."
Davis told Wiegers that he likes to red shirt his quarterbacks as freshmen so they can absorb the playbook and get comfortable with the offense.
"If I were to go there, it's probably a safe bet that I would redshirt," Wiegers said. "Coach Davis did say that if I or any other first-year guy were the best player than he would play. I would imagine I would red shirt."
The Wiegers family drove the seven hours back to Detroit on Sunday. Tyler reflected on a weekend at a place at which he felt comfortable enough to return.
"The visit was awesome," he said. "The environment at the game was great as you would imagine. It was really cold but still great."