Anthony Schiavone visited Iowa City this weekend on an official visit, after staying completely off the Iowa recruiting radar, at least to outsiders. Standing at 6-6, 225 pounds, it was hard to miss Schiavone standing in the south endzone during warm-ups, wearing an Iowa Iowa sweatshirt.
Schiavone, currently listed as a verbal commitment for the Temple Owls, attends New London high school in Connecticut and offered a scholarship just a few weeks ago. He's one of the primary targets for former Iowa target Jordan Reed, who verbally committed to Florida.
"Iowa recently offered me a scholarship, and I wanted to look at all my options, so I went down to have a look," Schiavone said.
"I looked at the school, all the athletic facilities, all the academics," he said of his time in Iowa City. "I hung out with the players and got to know Iowa a little bit better."
Between the blocking responsibilities and a number of big receptions, Schiavone saw positive things from Iowa's tight ends.
"Tight ends are a big part of their offense," he said. "The game was good, the game had a great atmosphere. The fans were definitely better than I thought they were. I knew they would be good, but the fans were crazy."
Schiavone said he's not quite ready to make a final decision on his college future just yet, but it will be coming soon, as he hopes to enroll in whichever school he chooses in January.
"I just got home to Connecticut. I'm going to talk to my parents and talk it over. It's a long ways away from home, but it's also a great opportunity," he said. "I don't really have a timeline, but I'm graduating in December. I'd say over the next two weeks, I'll probably make a decision."