Chase Coffman Visits Iowa; Sees TE Put on a Show

The Hawkeyes hosted their first official visitor of the 2004-2005 recruiting year when Raymore-Peculiar tight end (Kansas City Metro) Chase Coffman arrived in Iowa City on Friday evening. Coffman, one of the best tight end prospects in the country, spoke with to give a full account of his visit to Iowa.

Ranked the 16th best tight end prospect in the nation by, Chase Coffman was able to take in more than the average fan in watching Iowa's 23 to 21 defeat of Purdue.

"I really liked riding the bus with the team over to the game," Coffman said of Iowa's traditional Cedar Rapids to Iowa City day of the game bus ride. The team stays in Cedar Rapids on Friday nights during home games, so that there is as little departure from routine for when they play road games and sleep in hotel beds.

"Then, after the game, I went back to the locker room, and it was great to see with all the emotions. The coaches were giving all the players high-fives."

Seeing Hawkeye tight end Scott Chandler haul in four catches for 122 yards was a feather in Iowa's cap as well.

"It was definitely nice to see Chandler have a good game, and see them throw the ball to the tight end," added Coffman, who was hosted by freshman Brandon Meyers. "There is not a lot of depth so I could come in and get some early playing time. They use a lot of two tight end sets, and rotate a lot of tight ends, which I like because it allows them to use a guy like Chandler in different ways. Coach (Eric) Johnson told me that is how I'd be used in that they could split me out and do other things in helping the pass game."

The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder with legit 4.8 forty speed also spent time with Coach Kirk Ferentz earlier today (Sunday) and walked away greatly impressed.

"Coach Ferentz is a real great guy. He cares more about you as a person and how you get along with the team than just focusing on you as a player. He told me the same things as Coach Johnson, basically, in that they would like to have me there and that I'd really be able to help out the passing game," commented Coffman.

During the game, Coffman spent time talking with current Hawkeye commitment quarterback Jake Christensen.

"Jake pretty much told me to go to Iowa," said a laughing Coffman, who I believed realized Jake has done a lot of selling of Iowa to many prospects. "He was a really good kid, and I really liked talking with him. He told me he checked out a few places, and that Iowa was the best place that he had seen."

In comparing his visit to Iowa to his official visit taken to Nebraska the weekend before, Coffman commented on a few differences.

"I liked both visits a lot," said Coffman, who is currently rehabbing an MCL tear after receiving a questionable hit during an extra point attempt against a team with a record of 0-9. "Nebraska had better facilities, but I liked the people at Iowa a whole lot more. I got the chance to hang out with the team more at Iowa, and really clicked with the players."

Lastly, and probably most importantly to Hawk fans, Iowa did nothing to hurt their chances this weekend.

"The visit definitely made me think about Iowa as an option a lot more. I'm just looking for the place where I feel the most comfortable with the coaches and players, and that I will be used effectively as a tight end," concluded Coffman.

Missouri and Kansas State are believed to be the other two major players for Coffman. His father, Paul, played tight end for Kansas State as well as for the Green Bay Packers.

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