As part of the Next Generation series that looks at the players about to join the Hawkeyes, Land of 10 Iowa reporters Scott Dochterman and Bobby La Gesse examine the recruiting process for members of the class. Up on this Thursday is Oswego High School (Ill.) 3-star defensive tackle Noah Shannon.
OSWEGO, Ill. — Noah Shannon knew his recruitment was down to Iowa or Minnesota.
The Hawkeyes were his first offer. He committed to, and then de-committed from, Minnesota but still liked the Golden Gophers.
How was he to decide?
The 3-star defensive tackle started listing pros and cons. While going over the list, the decision seemed obvious.
Shannon, from Oswego High School (Ill.), recaps his recruitment and how he picked the Hawkeyes over the Golden Gophers in this Land of 10 recruiting rewind.
Land of 10: How did you pick Iowa last July?
Shannon: When it eventually came down to it, I de-committed from Minnesota. I wasn’t going there anymore. I sat down, and I have this thing on the back of a card or envelope that some school gave me. I don’t remember which school.
I wrote a ‘T’ chart and I wrote Minnesota and Iowa. Then I wrote down all the pros for Minnesota. I wrote down all the pros for Iowa and all the cons for Minnesota and Iowa. I kind of just looked them over and what was important to me. Then I stared at it and looked at the cons. The cons weren’t really even that bad. I was just putting them on there.
Land of 10: So what tipped everything in Iowa’s favor?
Shannon: The home feeling there. I feel like it’s a bigger Oswego in a way, just the way they run things over there, especially the football aspect of it. [Iowa] Coach [Kirk] Ferentz does a lot of things like [Oswego football] Coach [Brian] Cooney. They aren’t all flashy and all razzle-dazzle and that kind of stuff. It’s football. You get the job done.
[The Hawkeyes] being my first offer I felt like they believed in me first, and they knew I could play at that level first. They were the first team to actually say, ‘You have an offer from us.”
Land of 10: So Iowa’s faith in you as a player was very important?
Shannon: Yes. Once I went to the Michigan game [in 2016] I was looking around and they ended up winning and the atmosphere there. All the other game visits I took the atmosphere was nothing like that. It was fun.
Land of 10: You committed to Minnesota on May 9. 2017. You de-committed on May 28, 2017. Was Minnesota’s no-visit policy for commits at the center of your de-commitment?
Shannon: I didn’t want any of the commits to see that, ‘Oh, he’s on a visit to Iowa right now and he’s committed.’ [Minnesota] Coach [P.J.] Fleck told us we couldn’t do that.
There is also when I got home over the two weeks [after committing] I kind of felt like I did rush into this. I had a lot more time to think over my decision. I was kind of feeling uncomfortable and I didn’t want to have that impression on my future teammates.
Land of 10: What was the reaction when you announced your commitment to Iowa?
Shannon: It was the same reaction from all teams I had in my top group both times I committed. I had grown fans on Twitter telling me why my choice is wrong and after I committed to Iowa it was straight Minnesota people, grown men, telling me why would you go there over us?
Land of 10: What was the coolest thing you experienced in recruiting?
Shannon: The coolest thing that happened during recruiting was after I committed to Iowa. Mike Daniels commented on my [commitment] post. Some kid from my school said, when is the next time you are going to de-commit, late July? He just commented, ‘Don’t listen to the haters. They just want what you have.’
Land of 10: What was it like to see Daniels tweet at you?
Shannon: It was really cool. I saw it on my phone. Mike Daniels commented on your post. It probably was a different Mike Daniels. I opened it. It was a verified account, Green Bay Packers, right end or something like that. I was like, ‘Oh, wow.’