Dallas Clark might be the best tight end Iowa has had in a while, but Dallas also is entering his junior season. After Dallas, the Hawks are pretty bare in receiving tight ends with much bigger more physical presences in Tony Jackson and CJ Barkema. That is a large reason why the Hawks have paid so close attention to one of the top tight ends in the country, Jonathan Stupar.
"A large reason for my interest in Iowa has been because of their recruiting style," Jonathan said. "They have come after me real hard, and usually Coach Ferentz is the coach calling me every week. We have a lot of good chats as I enjoy speaking to him."
Jonathan has set-up visits to Florida State on October 28th for their showdown with the Figthin' Irish, and will visit Arizona State on September 28th. He took his first official visit to Virginia two weekends ago.
"I had a real good visit to Virginia. Coach (Al) Groh is a real great guy as we had a nice chat. The whole coaching staff was great. I see them as a team on the rise as they should be good in a couple years."
Speaking of the Fightin' Irish, they are one school that has picked up the interest in Jonathan as of late, and Jonathan is listening.
"I'm not sure where they stand since they have entered the picture a little late. I think they thought I was going to Penn State back in the spring so they did not recruit me. I'll wait and see on whether I add them to my list."
Jonathan will now be deciding his next two visits between the five schools mentioned in the story deck. How well are the Hawks chances? What in particular does he like about the program?
"I definitely view Iowa as a team on the rise, too," Jonathan noted. "Coach Ferentz keeps telling me that he doesn't care if they are number one on my list, but he just wants me to make a visit so I can see Iowa City first hand. I know they had the local represenatives of Fellowship of Christian Athletes send me a letter last spring and that was impressive. They will get strong consideration for a visit."
Finally, what will Jonathan be looking for in making his decision?
"I want good academics so that will be a factor. Distance will not matter to me as I just want to find a place where I'm comfortable. There has to be good coaches, and good chemistry between them and their players. I want coaches that I will be able to correspond with."
The Hawks may not be #1 on Jonathan's list currently, but the staff is vying hard for an official visit. As many Hawk fans know, Iowa City sells itself. Iowa City is always a hard bargain. Now time will only tell if Iowa City will play host to one of the nation's finest tight ends.