Patton, Santi and Grixby Talk Iowa City

Most Hawkeye fans know that this past weekend was a huge one for Iowa football. Not just for the Hawks' convincing win over Arizona State on national television, but also because Kirk Ferentz and staff played host to a littany of prospects who appear very high on Iowa's current football recruiting wish list. TheInsiders.com's Josh Clark spoke with three more of the visitors -- Nick Patton, Tom Santi and Cortney Grixby -- in this HTO exclusive.

Nick Patton

Nick Patton made his official visit to Iowa City this past weekend. The Winfield, Kan., quarterback has previously listed co-front-runners in Iowa and Kansas State. But now, one team has now stepped out in front.

"Iowa is my new leader," Nick said. "I had an unbelievable time on my visit, and now I have something to compare with the next visits I take."

So what stood out in his visit to Iowa City?

"It was great when we stepped out on the field, and I heard the student section chanting my name. I could't believe how the fans stood behind the program. They don't just know the big names, but they know the entire team. I really liked how the program is built around the team, and all the players that were needed stepped up. I could tell they are all committed to playing at Iowa."

Still, Nick Patton will not be making any decision yet.

"I told the coaches at Iowa I wanted to come back and discuss everything with my grandparents. I believe the visit may have pushed up my decision, but I still want to visit the other schools. I set up a visit to Kansas for November 8 when, I believe, they face Iowa State."

TheInsiders.com will keep you updated of any developments on Nick Patton.

Tom Santi

Nashville Montgomery Bell tight end Tom Santi (featured in the October issue of Hawkeye Illustrated) returned to a lot of unfinished business this evening after a busy weekend that resulted from an official visit to the University of Iowa. However, thankfully, Tom was gracious enough to set some time away to speak with me to give me the latest.

"The visit was great," Tom said. "I enjoyed myself very much. The fans were just wild, especially the student section. They played very well, too, with a lot of hurt players. I really like their 'next man in' motto."

So how did the atmosphere in Iowa City compare to the home state Tennessee Volunteers?

"I think the main difference is there is no pro teams in the state of Iowa. Football players are treated amazingly there. I couldn't walk down the street without someone greeting me to tell me they knew everything about me. C.J. Barkema was my host, and he showed me a great time and introduced me to a lot of people."

So did the star tight end come close to a commitment?

"Thankfully, I was very happy to not be pressured by the Iowa coaches. Coach (Eric) Johnson informed me they would wait on me no matter when I make my decision. That was comforting to know just how much they want me to play for them."

As well, Santi has now set his second official visit.

"I'm headed to Virginia for their in-state game against Tech on November 29," Tom added. "I'm still considering an official visit to Stanford in December, too. Miami's offensive coordinator watched my practice this afternoon, and they are supposed to be getting back to me concerning an offer."

Cortney Grixby

Omaha Central QB/DB Cortney Grixby went to Iowa City last weekend expecting a good visit. In fact, he was hoping to have a good enough visit to ensure the next schools he visits step up to the plate and perform better. However, what Cortney did not expect was a visit that perhaps cannot be beaten.

"Iowa set a high standard for the remainder of my visits," Cortney said. "I really enjoyed my visit, and the coaches were very nice. The atmosphere at the game was great, and I had a great host in Jovon Johnson."

So was there one particular factor that caught Cortney's attention?

"I liked the fact that Iowa did not guarantee me any playing time or a starting position off the bat. The only thing they told me is there would be an opporunity for me if I come in and work hard. They put the pressure on myself to live up to my expectations."

TheInsiders.com will keep you updated as Grixby rounds out his visits.


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