TE Noah Fant Tells Omaha Radio He’s Not Firm with Hawkeyes

January 26, 2016

Written by Rob Howe

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When Noah Fant verbally committed to Iowa in August, Hawkeye Nation rejoiced. It’s not often that the program has gone into Omaha and pulled out a prospect Nebraska wanted.

With less than a week left until signing day, it remains to be seen if the talented tight end will actually ink his national letter of intent with Iowa. The decision may not arrive until early next week.

Speaking on 1620 The Zone in Omaha Tuesday morning, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Fant said he already has his plane tickets for this weekend’s official visit to Minnesota. He also said he wasn’t ruling out home-state Nebraska as a possible landing spot.

Fant officially visited Iowa this past weekend. The Hawkeyes brought in most of the verbal commitments for their 2016 Class.

“It went really good,” Fant told The Zone. “It was good to see the coaches again and meet the other recruits. It was a good time. I got to sit down with coaches and meet and all that, so it was good.”

Fant, who plays for Omaha South High, told the radio station that he let the coaches know that he was visiting Minnesota. They informed him that if he did, they would need to cover themselves if there was a chance they would lose him, Fant said.

“They’re kind of upset that I would go on a visit being that I was committed. It was kind of talked about that if you go on a visit then that opens up recruiting for (them) and (they’ll) go look at tight end,” Fant said.

“I understand that. I understand that (they) have to do (their) part but I have to go (to Minnesota) and be sure that when I step into Iowa City and on Iowa’s campus that I’m 100 percent sure. I don’t have any doubts on what could it have been if I went (to Minnesota).”

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The Zone’s Gary Sharp asked Fant if he knew where he would be signing his national letter of intent on Feb. 3.

“As of right now, I’ll be signing that letter of intent to the University of Iowa,” Fant said.

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Fant indicated that had Nebraska shown him more interest earlier in the recruiting process, when Bo Pelini still was running the program, he might be a Husker today. Assistant Mike Cavanaugh visited Omaha South last week, Fant told The Zone.

“The Mike Riley staff came in and showed me a little bit more love but there were things there in recruiting that kind of turned me and my family away,” Fant said. “I feel like I’ve done my part and truly tried to listen. Coach Riley and I have had quite a few good conversations. I haven’t totally ruled them out.

“I still listen to what they have to say and I still think about where that recruiting is at. Me and my parents really like Coach Riley a lot. We think he’s a great guy and really respect him and respect what he’s doing there.”

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Fant told The Zone that he was suspended from his basketball team for missing a game last week while visiting Iowa. The coach and athletic director said he could rejoin the team if he chose not to leave town again this weekend, he said.

“I don’t agree with how the situation was handled at all. I don’t feel like it was handled very professionally,” Fant told The Zone. “I felt like I did my part of communicating to the athletic director (Matthew Curtis) and Coach (Bruce) Chubik when I was going to be gone.

“I didn’t agree with my suspension and went and talked to them. They said if I don’t go to Minnesota, I can come back. But if you go to Minnesota then you’ll be suspended until February (1).”

Rivals ranks Fant as the No. 1 prospect in Nebraska for ’16 and the 26th best tight end nationally in the cycle. Scout also lists him as the No. 26 player at his position and 247 tabs him as the No. 30 athlete in the country.

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