Iowa Will Be Moeaki's Last Official Visit

<p>The Iowa Hawkeyes have targeted Wheaton (Illinois) South prospects tight end Tony Moeaki and offensive lineman Dace Richardson for quite some time now. Both US Army All-American selections will be in Iowa City for official visits this weekend, and Josh Clark caught up with Moeaki to get the latest on when a decision can be expected. Also, find out who will be joining Iowa assistant Lester Erb on his recruiting trip to Wheaton this week.

Iowa has been aggressively pursuing several talented tight ends this year, and it's no secret that they would like to sign two in the Class of 2005.

The importance of the tight end in the Hawkeye offense is significant, and they have let it be known to Moeaki that he is someone they want to come in and be in the mix early on.

"They told me when they had Dallas Clark, which allowed them to have a complete two tight end rotation, they went to the Orange Bowl," said the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Moeaki. "They've lacked that since, but still have managed to have good teams. They want me to provide that piece to the puzzle to help them get back there."

The 2000 Iowa media guide listed Dallas Clark, then in his third year at Iowa, at 6-4, 235.

Moeaki previously has taken official visits to BYU and Tennessee. He returned home Monday evening from an official visit out to Oregon.

"It was a good visit," added Moeaki, a US Army All-American selection. "I gained a ton of information. Oregon is graduating their tight end after next season, and is also in need of someone to step in."

Moeaki noted he has trimmed his list down to the four schools he is officially visiting. He had Notre Dame as the fifth school on his list, but that is no longer the case after the firing of Coach Tyrone Willingham.

It will not be an easy decision for Moeaki, either.

"My decision is going to be very tough. I may decide during halftime of the ( US Army) All-American game, or I may wait until further in January to decide. I just know it won't be until at least January 15th that I make my decision. All of these schools are great options, and they have recruited me very heavily," stated Moeaki.

That includes in-home visits with Oregon, BYU, and Iowa again this week after visiting with coaches from each school last week. Tennessee will make their first stop this week.

The only difference in this week's in-home visit with Iowa is that Kirk Ferentz will be joining Coach (Lester) Erb on Wednesday evening. Last week, it was just Erb.

"Iowa has their starter (Tony Jackson) graduating after this season, and the only returnee with significant experience is Scott Chandler," continued Moeaki. "They've told me that I can come in and take a spot next fall. They like to use two tight ends, and I can even be used as an H-back as I was used here at Wheaton South."

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