HTO.com had been hinting strongly throughout the week that a verbal commitment was upcoming from WR Tyler Fanucchi. It was not a well known fact that it was going to happen, but from speaking to the California burner, it seemed Iowa and Fanucchi were almost destined for each other.
"It was a great visit," Tyler said. "The weather was really the only change I noticed from California and Iowa, but it didn't even bother me that much. I had a lot of fun on my visit, and I was comfortable doing so the whole time."
Besides the weather, there had to be something else that stood out, right?
"Well, the steak is definitely better in Iowa than it is here," Tyler added laughingly.
At 5'11 175, Tyler will likely be experiencing more lean beef rather than his regular seafood type dinners. While adding size will be important, Tyler has that ever so crucial something that cannot be teached.
Tyler, who had a best time of 10.6 in the 100 as a sophmore, withdrew from track last year due to a pulled hamstring. He will return to the track this spring in hopes of getting his time even better.
So who was the burner's host?
"I was hosted by C.J. Barkema. He was a cool guy, and real nice. He was truthful about everything, and even let me know about any possible negatives at Iowa."
Certainly, the positives must have outweighed the negatives by a big margin for Tyler to make the move. However, the coaching staff once again played a large factor.
"I hung around Coach Erb throughout a lot of the visit, and he was a great guy. I know he is a great coach, as well. He was very down to earth, and in fact, the whole staff was great. They seemed to all be caring and concerned about my future."
Finally, Tyler was asked was highlight stood out the most on his official visit. Being from California, this should show Hawk fans that they truly have something special.
"By far, my biggest highlight was Kinnick Stadium. I loved the stadium, the whole facilities, and the coaching staff."
Hawkeye fans welcome WR Tyler Fanucchi to the fold. With only three teammates hailing from his home state, and all of them upperclassmen, Hawk fans should know they have something special in Fanucchi. This beach boy is looking forward to helping build the tradition at Iowa.