Seybert Sees Iowa

Iowa's depth at tight end will be drying up in the next few years with much of the group exhausting eligibility. The Hawkeyes are in search of players at the position in the 2015 recruiting cycle. One of the players on their radar is Michigan's Matt Seybert, who visited for the spring game. HI spoke with him for the latest.

Matt Seybert sounds like an Iowa tight end:

"I play the game extremely physically. I love to hit. I can definitely catch the ball no matter where the quarter back puts it, and have the speed to get extra yardage after catching it. I'm not afraid of getting hit, either. I like to put my shoulder down and run right through my opponent."

The Hawkeyes have enjoyed success at that position for decades. They've seen something in the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Seybert that intrigues them.

Seybert visited Iowa for Saturday's spring game. The coaches provided him with positive feedback.

"They said they liked my film and they want me to come back to summer camp for further evaluation. I plan on being back for summer camp," the Traverse City (MI) St. Francis High product said.

Seybert reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds. Schools also are looking at him as a defensive end.

"I know I am a player who can play both sides of the ball, and I will go to a position where I will give my team a better chance to win. I love offense and defense so that is not a problem to me at all. I have been starting at tight end and defensive end/linebacker on varsity since the beginning of my sophomore year. This year my coach says he plans on putting me at middle linebacker on defense this year, " Seybert said.

Iowa showed it was a place Seybert could see himself playing college ball. He was impressed with the stability of the coaching staff.

"That really shows loyalty to the program as well as tradition," he said.

Seybert toured campus on Friday and spent time familiarizing himself with Iowa City.

"Everyone is football crazy and they love their team. I can only imagine what the atmosphere is like in Kinnick Stadium on game days with the fans they have," he said.

Seybert said he would camp at Akron, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State and Syracuse this summer. He's hoping to come out of that stretch with scholarship offers and opportunities.

"I think a big thing during summer camps is to show the coaches in person that I can do all these things I say I can. I think a big factor is proving to coaches I can run a 40 time in under a 4.8, which I know I can do. I know 40 times are important to coaches and to others they aren't, but it will definitely help me reach my goals," he said.

Seybert said he is considering college majors in Business/Entrepreneurship and Sports Management.


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