Noah Fant created a stir in a pair of college football fan bases this weekend. That wasn’t his intent.
The Omaha (NE) South High TE/DE unofficially visited Nebraska Saturday for its game against Wisconsin verbally committed to rival Iowa at the end of August. He said he was just doing his recruiting homework.
While the photos of him wearing Husker gear at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln Saturday raised eyebrows, Fant cautioned Iowa fans not to read too much into the stop. He said during the summer before announcing his pledge that he wasn’t closing all the doors in his recruitment when he did.
"All Iowa fans shouldn’t be alarmed. Iowa is the best fit for me at this point," the 6-foot-5, 210-pound high school senior said.
Fant said he visited Nebraska because the Husker coaches have continued to recruit him in hopes of flipping in from his Iowa commitment.
"I decided it couldn’t hurt to check them out and give them a look. I don’t think they would have let me in wearing anything else," Fant joked about his red attire. "I would say (the Huskers) are in the process of getting better but I didn’t really get to talk to the coaches much because I got there pretty late."
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Fant said he intends to take the five official visits the NCAA allows him. He’s still figuring out what four schools will join Iowa on that tour, he said.
"(The Hawkeye coaches) understand it," Fant said. "They know I have to find the best fit for me. But they know I won’t leave them in the dry because right now they are totally the best fit for me."
Nebraska fired Head Coach Bo Pelini after last season and replaced him with Mike Riley, who came to Lincoln from Oregon State. The new staff has tried to build its relationship with Fant, the state’s No. 2-ranked player in the 2016 Class per Rivals.
"They just wanted me to come down to see everything since I haven’t been to a game since the Pelini staff," Fant said.
Fant reports scholarships from Arizona State, California, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, UCLA and Vanderbilt, among others. He’s still listening to schools other than the Iowa.
"I’ll take my officials but I’m not going to close my recruiting. It’s not going to be wide open, either," he said.
Fant has enjoyed a fine senior season. A week ago Friday, he caught nine passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns.