C.J. Fiedorowicz is having second thoughts. After verbally committing to Illinois in July, the highly regarded tight end will be officially visiting Iowa City this weekend before taking a trip a week later to Wisconsin, who will play the Hawkeyes.
"Watching Illinois play the last couple of weeks, I kind of realized I might have committed a little early, maybe," Fiedorowicz said. "I've been watching Iowa. They're playing good. They've been using their tight ends a lot. I decided to keep my options back open and look a couple of more times at Iowa."
Fiedorowicz is one of the most sought after players at his position nationally. Scout.com ranks him as a four-star recruit on its five-star scale. The service also has him as the No. 2 player at his position in the country.
As a junior, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound nightmare for defenses recorded 49 receptions for 809 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Iowa ranked near the top of Fiedorowicz's wish list all the way up until he committed to Illinois. Since he chose the Illini, his eyes have been opened to how he might fit into the system in Champaign.
"The tight end there now isn't really a receiving tight end," Fiedorowicz said. "Just seeing how he's really on the field to only block kind of worries me. They're in the spread a lot. I don't know if they're just telling me that they're going to use me at tight end and then stick me in at tackle or a blocking tight end or something like that."
Fiedorowicz hails from Johnsburg (Ill.) High. The town sits northwest of Chicago, a relatively easy drive to Iowa City.
"Iowa was always my top choice up until I visited Illinois," Fiedorowicz said. "I just kind of fell in love with Illinois, but just watching (the Hawkeyes) makes me want to come back to Iowa. I visited Iowa like three or four times. It's just reminded me of all the stuff that Iowa does.
"I really like the coaching staff and how they've been around for a while. It's close to home."
"I'd love to see the tight end catch a lot of balls," Fiedorowicz said. "That would be a huge plus. But just bonding with the guys if I end up staying the night down there would be nice. I stayed the night with some of the Illinois guys. If it's a lot like that, I'll probably definitely reconsider going there."
Wisconsin is impressing Fiedorowicz with its use of the tight end. Garrett Graham is the leading receiver at that position in the Big Ten with 23 catches for 268 yards and four touchdowns.
"I like how they use Garrett Graham, but it's still probably not as strong as Iowa," Fiedorowicz said.
Next week's visit to Wisconsin also will be official, which is a bit confusing for Fiedorowicz.
"Illinois was telling me that you can't really take officials until December, but it seems like Iowa and Wisconsin are OK with it," he said. "I really don't know what's going on. Illinois told me I can't take an official there until December. I don't know what they're trying to pull there."
Despite the conflicting information, Fiedorowicz still puts Illinois as the leader for his services.
"Illinois is still No. 1 because I gave them a verbal, but they're all really close so anything can happen," he said.
Fiedorowicz said he'd like to take some time in making his decision to be sure it's the right one. But that could have its drawbacks.
"I will probably wait a while," he said. "I just don't want all the other schools to get back into it like they were before. After I committed to Illinois, it got so much less stressful. I like that. I hope it's just those three schools instead of all these SEC schools and all of that."