Iowa received excellent news early on Friday, as three-star athlete Noah Fant of Omaha (Neb.) South picked the Hawkeyes over Cal, Nebraska, UCLA, and Vanderbilt. He's a versatile weapon that can play both defensive end and tight end.
Fant had other offers from Nebraska, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and Cal of course, but also Iowa State and Wisconsin.
Some of the clear deciding factors for Iowa winning out over his other top suitors were their excellent medical program, proximity to home, and his relationship with the coaching staff. Not only was he impressed with the football program, but Fant also wants to be an orthopedic surgeon. The Hawkeyes were an overwhelming favorite in that area.
It is the best recruiting win of the year for the Hawkeye program. Anytime you can beat out the in-state Cornhuskers for a prospect out of Nebraska is considered a monumental victory as not too many recruits can leave that state if they have a scholarship offer. Fant did just that, and Nebraska probably didn't even finish second for his services.
Now that he's a Hawkeye, what kind of impact will Fant have in Iowa City? We'll cover that more in-depth as the day goes on, but he does have the fantastic ability to play both offense and defense. Posiitons he could excel at include defensive end and tight end. Due to the number of commits Iowa already has secured at defensive end, it would seem that Fant is primarily going to be a tight end. He was also recruited by tight ends coach, LeVar Woods, which is another sign of tight end being in his future.
Fant is the 23rd commit for Iowa, and the 15th best defensive end prospect in the Midlands region.