Stanzi Enjoys Visit to Iowa

The Iowa Hawkeyes hosted Mentor Lake, Ohio (Catholic HS) quarterback Rick Stanzi on an official visit this past weekend. Stanzi, who holds an offer from the Miami Redhawks, also holds an offer from the Purdue Boilermakers. Stanzi has scheduled an official visit to Purdue for January 13th, but could his decision come beforehand?'s Josh Clark offers the latest...

The Iowa Hawkeyes want to sign two quarterbacks in the Class of 2006, and in fact, hosted their first two quarterbacks on official visits this past weekend in Arvell Nelson and Rick Stanzi.

As it has already been reported, Iowa is looking at a decision from Nelson soon as he decides between the Hawkeyes and Tennessee Volunteers.

In the case of Rick Stanzi, before the Iowa visit occurred, it seemed almost certain that his decision would wait until after his scheduled official visit to Purdue on January 13th.

Now, Stanzi says he has some thinking to do.

"I need to get on the phone with Purdue to see if they have the same mutual interest in me that Iowa proved to have this past weekend," Stanzi said.

"If I were to choose Iowa right now, it'd be due to my comfort level there and the fact that I know Coach Ferentz and Coach O'Keefe want me there very much. They pay a lot of attention to their players, don't sugarcoat anything and they recruit you very hard."

Stanzi arrived on his official visit to Iowa City on Saturday morning after having played in a basketball game the evening before.

"We arrived in Iowa City around 9:30 a.m. and went directly to Kinnick Stadium," said Stanzi, who has previously visited Miami (OH). "It was interesting to see actually see the pink locker-room, rather than just hear about it. It was pretty funny and pretty clever. After that, I went to lunch at the business building and spoke with a couple people in Iowa's business program."

Stanzi, who was joined by his father and mother on the visit, then went on to view the Hawkeyes preparation for the Outback Bowl.

"Practices at Iowa are awesome. They are very intense, and everybody is trying to make everybody better. There is no slacking," Stanzi said.

"I first went and watched the lineman, and oh boy, they are huge. They were really getting after it. Then I went and saw the quarterbacks throwing to the receivers as they ran routes. Then, after that, it was a 7 on 7 session. I watched the quarterbacks and they have good talent; (Jake) Christensen really has a gun on him."

Part of the family's concern in Iowa was the success quarterbacks have had at Iowa, or more specifically, the number of quarterbacks Iowa has placed in the NFL under Coach Ferentz.

Rick's father, Joe, addressed that issue after the visit.

"Really, that question didn't even have to be asked; Iowa was already prepared to answer it as they were with anything else. They had a time slot for everything to be addressed, including academics," Joe Stanzi stated.

"Iowa really seems to adjust to the quarterback they are playing, and they will put you in a system that allows you to succeed to your best ability. It's all about the reads and picking up the secondary receivers when it comes to playing quarterback for them. One of the reasons I believe Iowa likes Rick as much as they do is the fact they see the type of upside in him that could make him an NFL quarterback."

Rick Stanzi, who was hosted by Trey Stross on his visit, commented that he and Stross were able to share a good conversation or two being from a similar area of Ohio where they know a lot of the same schools on the prep level.

Stanzi also spent some time with Iowa Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Doyle.

"I learned a lot about Iowa's strength and conditioning program while on my visit. I really liked what I heard about the success of the program. Coach Doyle told me the quarterbacks really concentrate on building the rotator cuff, using a lot of medicine balls, and working on balance all together," Stanzi said.

Stanzi concluded his visit with a one on one meeting with Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz.

"Coach Ferentz just told me about the situation at Iowa. He never once said anything about making a commitment, or even a timetable for having to make a decision."

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Ioaw is not not done looking at their options at quarterback. Enter Anthony Glaud of Atco, New Jersey, the nephew of former Iowa great Leroy Smith.

We recently spoke to Glaud and you can get an update on his recruitment, plus perhaps some insight into Iowa's quarterback recruiting by CLICKING HERE

To read more recruiting updates from this weekend and recent days, click on some of the links below:

ALL USERS: A.J. Edds Confirms Great Feelings on Visit to Iowa
Glenville's Bryant Milligan Iowa Visit Update
Glenville's Arvell Nelson Iowa Visit Update
Hawkeyes Offer Suprise Visitor
FL LB Troy Johnson Talks About His Iowa Visit
Connecticut Defensive Back Visits Iowa
Iowa City-Regina Kicker May Walk On at Iowa

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