What was meant to be a standard unofficial visit to check out Iowa's home game against Purdue turned into something more for Chicago Simeon three-star linebacker Reggie Spearman and has changed the dynamics of his recruitment.
On Friday as he was preparing to leave for Iowa City, Spearman received news from the Hawkeye's coaching staff that they were officially extending a scholarship offer. Spearman then decided to turn this past weekend's trip into an official visit, and came back from Iowa City with a new perspective on his recruitment.
"I definitely learned a lot, it opened my eyes and it was just a great trip," Spearman said. "Iowa is just a great place. It definitely lived up to expectations.
"The atmosphere was crazy. My boy Jeff Jones was down there from Minnesota, so I got to chat with him a lot. Maurice Fleming used to play DB for Curry and he is a friend of mine so I got to chill with him a lot. He likes the coaching staff, the program and just likes being down there."
Fleming ended up being Spearman's player-host during the official visit. He also spent time with each of the Iowa coaches, especially linebackers coach LeVar Woods.
"We had some good talks," Spearman said. "They told me I am going to have an opportunity and that's all I'm looking for in a school."
Another development coming out of Spearman's visit to Iowa is that it appears to have softened the Chicago native's commitment to Illinois.
"I'm still committed to Illinois," Spearman said, "but Iowa really opened up things and I am just really undecided."
Illinois still has an official visit with Spearman they can use to reel the state's 14th ranked player back in the fold, and Spearman said he will definitely take that trip. He is also still entertaining the idea of an official visit to Minnesota.
"I haven't talked to Coach [Jerry] Kill in awhile, but when I talk to him I will definitely try to set something up with [Minnesota] for an official," Spearman said.
Spearman has not yet set a date for his official visit to Illinois, but expects that trip and the one to Minnesota to take place in December or January.