HOMETOWN: Omaha, Nebraska (South HS)
POSITION: Tight End
RANKING: Three-Star, #1 Player in Nebraska, #3 TE in Midlands, #26 TE in Country
RECRUITING STORY: Up until recently this was a pretty quiet recruitment. He accrued offers from programs such as Iowa, Nebraska, UCLA, Cal, Northwestern, Iowa State, Minnesota, and Vanderbilt. After taking visits to many, Fant selected the Hawkeyes over Nebraska and UCLA. He took an unofficial visit to Lincoln during the season but alongside teammates. The new Iowa signee almost took a trip to Minneapolis for an official visit the weekend following his official visit to Iowa City. He decided against it and to remain solidly committed to Kirk Ferentz and company.
EVALUATION: Fant is a run, catch, and jump athlete. What that entails is somebody that is the complete package when it comes to all three and why he's an excellent basketball player as well. He runs a 4.6 40 yard dash time at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds which is more than impressive. He'll probably at 230 pounds his freshman year in Iowa City and if he maintains that kind of athleticism and speed, he'll play right away. That rare blend of size and speed is what pushed many programs to offer and why some also see him as someone that could project as an edge rusher on the defensive side of the ball.
He'll play tight end for the Hawkeyes. Because of his size, speed, and ability to go up and win the football he should be a candidate for immediate time even during his freshman season. He'll even have a better chance when you consider that George Kittle is the only returning tight end that saw meaningful playing time this past season. His biggest challenge will be learning the offense quick enough to see the field, becoming a crisper route-runner, and being willing to block within the scheme of the Hawkeye offense as well.