It was another big day for Iowa football on Saturday as the Hawkeyes hosted Illinois and came out on top 29-20. It was yet another victory for Kirk Ferentz, his players and staff as they begin the season unblemished at 6-0.
Their recruiting class was already nearly filled up before the season, including adding a few headliners such as Cedrick Lattimore at defensive end and Noah Fant at tight end. Lattimore hails from Detroit and has yet to waver on his commitment to the Hawkeyes. Iowa took Noah Fant out from underneath the nose of Nebraska as he is an Omaha native. The Huskers would love to have Fant but the Hawkeyes are clinging onto him.
Despite all that, Fant did take another trip to Lincoln this past Saturday as he was in Memorial Stadium for the Huskers' loss in the final seconds to Wisconsin.
"It was okay," Fant said about his first trip to the Husker campus since Mike Riley and company have taken over. "They invited me down so I went down there to check them out."
It does seem like a pretty harmless trip for Iowa in their hopes of hanging onto him and securing his signature, as he explains it. After all, he didn't rave about his time on the campus and is not taking repeated trips there despite the close proximity.
He re-enforced that thought by updating his status as a member of the Hawkeyes' class.
"I"m most definitely (100 percent committed to Iowa)," Fant shared with Scout. "A lot of their press and everyone were flipping out but it was just a visit. I'm still all Iowa!"
A lot of times thoughts can begin to creep in about the nearby school and if that prospect would rather stay close to home and play for the program that the entire state cheers for and supports. That hasn't been the case for Fant. His inner circle has fully supported his decision and commitment to Kirk Ferentz's program.
"(My friends and family) were actually one of the biggest thing in my decision and what they thought," he noted. "And the crazy thing is that everybody said Iowa would be a great fit for me. So everybody is on board and cheering for the Hawks."
With all that being said, additional visits to other schools are not out of the question. He's fully committed to Iowa and intends on being a Hawkeye but he will use all of the alotted time available to do every ounce of research he can and continue to look around. Nothing is planned but more trips are possible.
"I'm not totally sure yet (if I will take other visits)," Fant pointed out. "I haven't really made up my mind. Iowa is all that I committed to. I couldn't ask for much better right now and I have formed good relationships with the coaches. Everything is going well."