Garrison Talks Iowa Visit

Chris Garrison familiarized himself with Iowa last month with a visit to the school. The New England tight end connected with the Hawkeyes again this week as they continued to build a relationship. He spoke with us about the latest.

A lot of teenagers spend their spring break to visiting warm, tropical locations. Chris Garrison checked out Iowa.

The tight end from New England has been searching for a college. His busy schedule at Groton (MA) Lawrence Academy doesn't allow for much travel.

Garrison believed he had received a scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes last month. It turned out that they hadn't quite reached that point with him.

Iowa Tight Ends Coach D.J. Hernandez contacted Garrison earlier this week to discuss where things stood.

"We talked about the visit. They had a couple of recruiting meetings since then and talked as a staff about prospects. He said they don't have an official offer for me yet. He did say that all the coaches loved me when I came out to visit. They were really excited about me. He said they were going to send out Coach (Chris) White to come see me at school in May and we'll see from there how things go," the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder said.

Garrison was not put off by the misunderstanding. He said he's maintained a strong relationship with Hernandez and the Hawkeyes.

"I think it's good. I'm still excited about it. It's big-time football. It would be the first Big Ten school to offer me. I don't know if they're skeptical about something but I think they're just taking their time and doing their research. I think they're trying to see if I'm a match for them," he said.

Garrison enjoyed his time at Iowa. It erased the stereotypical picture he had for the place.

"It wasn't what I expected. When you first hear of Iowa, you think of Midwest and flat and corn fields. When I got to Iowa City and look around, it was great. It was a lively city. It was the perfect example of a college town," he said.

An Iowa staff member toured the Tippie College of Business with Garrison. He also met with all members of the coaching staff.

"I was able to sit down with them and watch film. Coach Hernandez feels that I fit in there as kind of a flex tight end. He agrees with me that I could be a good mismatch with backers and smaller DBs. I like their offense a lot. They always use the tight end. They use a number of tight ends in every game. I definitely think it would be a good fit if I were to go there," Garrison said.

Garrison said Iowa likely would be his last visit until the summer because he has no more breaks from school. He's looking to see Duke and camp at Vanderbilt.

"Boston College has been in contact with me a few times a week, which is normal," Garrison said. "I heard from Wake Forest today (Thursday) for the first time. They said they want to talk about a scholarship."

Scout.com ranks Garrison as the No. 23 tight end nationally in the 2015 Class. He reports scholarship offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Syracuse.

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