IOWA CITY, Iowa – A verbal commitment isn’t official until a recruit signs a national letter of intent.
Iowa commit Noah Fant is using that to his advantage while trying to make his final choice for college.
The 3-star tight end from Omaha, Neb., has been committed to Iowa since Aug. 28, 2015. But his recruitment apparently isn’t over as Rivals.com reported on Thursday that Fant still is considering Minnesota and Nebraska.
Fant is expected to visit Iowa this weekend and Minnesota next weekend before making a final decision, according to Rivals.
Fant is among 24 players committed to Iowa’s 2016 recruiting class, all of whom are high school seniors.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he expects to have no more than 25 players in the 2016 class.
Iowa is hosting two offensive linemen – Matt Farniok and Alaric Jackson – on recruiting visits this weekend. Both players have scholarship offers from Iowa.
Illinois running back Sam Brodner also reportedly has received a recent scholarship offer from Iowa. Brodner was previously committed to Vanderbilt, but is now exploring his options.
He is expected to visit Wisconsin this weekend and either Iowa or Illinois next weekend.
It’s unclear whether Brodner’s recent scholarship offer came in response to Fant’s situation.
NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from talking publicly about a specific recruit before the recruit has signed a national letter of intent.
The national signing period for football will start on Wednesday Feb. 3.