To play tight end at Iowa, one must offer a well-rounded skill set. Chris Petrucci feels he fits that mold.
"I believe for the position you gotta be able to block and be tough in the line, while also making mismatches with the guys who try to cover you and using your speed, strength and athleticism to make plays. I believe I can do that," he told HN.
The Hawkeyes offered Petrucci (6-5, 210) a scholarship in February. He visited them during March of 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic brought about a recruiting dead period that runs through next month.
"I know Iowa produces the best tight ends in college football, which is obviously very appealing. The facilities at Iowa are all top-tier, and the coaching staff is a great group of guys, so nothing to complain about there," he said.
The Park Ridge (IL) Maine South High standout also reports scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Purdue, Tennessee, multiple MAC programs and Ivy League schools, including Harvard and Yale.
"No schools are really ahead for me. It’s been kind of tough to evaluate during COVID without being able to meet coaches in person and see facilities and campuses in person," he said.
Iowa is scheduled to host Petrucci for a visit on June 25. He's yet to set up any other stops.
"I'd like to just explore the campus a little bit more, and get to meet the coaches in person and get to know them better," he said.
Assistant Seth Wallace has led the Hawkeyes' pursuit of Petrucci.
"I’ve talked with coach Wallace the most, for sure. We have built a solid relationship over the past year. He believes that I can come into Iowa and develop into a really good tight end by combining my ball skills with being a good, physical athlete," Petrucci said.
"He seems like a great coach and he was one of the first ever coaches to reach out to me in my recruitment."
Petrucci is undecided on a college major or when he might commit. He does have a wish list when searching for a new home.
"There are a few things that all have an impact for me, which are academics, the connection with the coaching staff, and the tight end usage in the offense," he said.
The 247Sports network ranks Petrucci as a three-star recruit, the No. 9 player overall in Illinois for '22 regardless of position and the 89th tight end nationally in the cycle. He does not yet have a Rivals' rating.
Illinois is playing its high school football this spring. Here's a look at recent game highlights of Petrucci: