Big Back Nate Schiccatano Update

6'3 220 Nate Schiccatano is one of the premier big backs in the nation, and today he flew down to Texas for the U.S. Army All-American game on January 5th. That game is also in San Antonio, where the Hawkeye victory took place last night. HTO was still able to catch up with Nathan's father, Sam, and here is what he had to tell us. Just how confident is he that Nate will take a visit to Iowa City?

These next seven days will be all football for Nathan as he participates in the U.S. Army All-American game, which current Hawk Blake Larsen played in last year. So at what position will Nate be featured at on ESPN2?

"They are scheduled to have meetings today to discuss what position Nate will be playing in the game," Sam Schiccatano noted. "He will be playing on the East team and the coaches know that he can play on either side of the ball."

So what position would the Hawkeyes like Nate to be if he chooses to throw on a Hawkeye jersey?

"Like most of the other schools, Iowa is recruiting Nate as a running back. Some say they see Nate as an outside backer, but I think Nate prefers the offensive side of the ball and would like to play there in college."

In the Hawk's victory over Texas Tech last night in the Sylvania Alamo Bowl the rushing game would have to been very impressive to any potential running back.

"We were down in Delware last night at my brother's, but we did catch the 1st quarter and the last few minutes of the game. We noticed Betts was out of the game, but the other RB (Greving) looked very impressive. We liked how Iowa ran a lot of one back sets with (Jeremy) Allen, and I think that is something Iowa would like to do with Nate. It also helps Iowa that Nate would be able to step in early and play. I taped the whole game so Nate will watch it all when he returns."

Nate has one visit set-up to Penn State on January 11th. Nate is still very open as he has still has Iowa, Notre Dame, Oregon, North Carolina, Ohio State, and West Virginia in consideration.

"Nate will set-up the remaining visits when he returns next week. With limited time left in recruiting, some of them may have to happen during the week. I'm almost 100% sure that Iowa will be one of the visits that he sets up. Notre Dame is another school, but it is up in the air with their coaching situation. I think Oregon would be another school in good contention, and all the others still have a chance."

Nate has been to Iowa City once, unofficially, but the Schiccatano's would still like to see more of Iowa City.

"We liked what we saw as Iowa City was very much a college town. However, it was a long drive and we only stayed one day. Not all of the players were there so Nate would still like to be able to hang out with them and see more of Iowa City. We met all of the coaches and Nate thought very highly of them."

It is no secret that Iowa would like to sign a "big back" in this recruiting class. Iowa could not go wrong with signing one of the nation's premier in Nate Schiccatano. Hawk fans know that a visit to Iowa City can sell any prospect to Iowa so it will just be important for the staff to get Nate in town. Will the Hawks be able to take away another local product from the Nittany Lions like Bob Sanders and Ed Hinkel the past two years?


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