’21 IL QB Athan Kaliakmanis Enjoys First Hawkeye Game Day

September 26, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

Quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis visited Iowa a few times during the offseason. He liked what he saw and heard.

Saturday, he attended his first Hawkeye game when they took on rival Wisconsin. It provided the sophomore quarterback with a better understanding of what he’d heard about the environment.

“The atmosphere was insane. It was high energy everywhere, and I felt it. It was so special to be on that field and look at the crowd,” he told HN.

Kaliakmanis (6-4, 190) picked up an Iowa offer after camping with the program in June. The sophomore from Antioch (IL) Community High also reported opportunities from Central Michigan, Iowa State, Syracuse and Virginia Tech.

Game-day visits are big for recruits. In addition to soaking in the atmosphere, they can watch the action and picture how they would fit into a given system.

“Just being at the game and watching how Iowa runs things stood out to me,” Kaliakmanis said. “There were great play calls and they have outstanding athletes. I can see myself in an Iowa uniform.”

The downside of the game-day stop is that the staff doesn’t get much of a chance to mingle with the prospects. It’s focused on preparing the current team.

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“I spoke with coach Kelvin Bell and coach (Ken) O’Keefe. We didn’t really get to talk much but when we did I said thanks for inviting us to the game and I just told them I was so excited,” Kaliakmanis said.

He watched Hawkeye quarterback Nate Stanley operate against a tough Wisconsin defense. He liked what he saw.

“Nate Stanley is a very good quarterback for the pro-style offense. He fits in very well. I’m more biased towards colleges that run a pro-style offense,” Kaliakmanis said.

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The newest exposure to Iowa’s program increased his interest in it.

“After the visit, I feel amazed (about the Hawkeyes), really,” he said.

Kaliakmanis would like to get back to Iowa “sometime soon” but he doesn’t have another visit set up. Things have been relatively quiet on the recruiting front for him since the season started with him being a sophomore and programs focusing on their teams.

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“I hope to get out to Virginia Tech sometime within the next few weeks,” he said.

Kaliakmanis visited Iowa City with his brother, Dino Kaliakmanis, a receiver/athlete in the ’21 class. Iowa has shown interest in him as well. He’s secured offers from Kansas and Toledo.

Antioch has won its first five games this season behind the strong right arm of Athan Kaliakmanis. In his last two games, he’s completed 20 of 34 passes for 428 yards and six touchdowns.

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