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Illinois defensive tackle picks the Hawkeyes

Once committed to Minnesota, Noah Shannon is Iowa's 10th commit for 2018

Oswego (Ill.) defensive tackle Noah Shannon
Oswego (Ill.) defensive tackle Noah Shannon

For a few weeks in May, Oswego (Ill.) defensive tackle Noah Shannon was a Minnesota Golden Gophers commit. There were pictures and everything.

Shortly after committing to Minnesota and first-year coach P.J. Fleck, Shannon slowed his recruiting down and decommitted from Minnesota, saying to Rivals.com at the time “I wanted to go on a few more college visits to make sure I did make the right decision. I didn’t want to have any regrets about rushing into a decision. I also want to see more schools in person and learn more about them.”

Iowa was in it with Shannon, a 6-2, 285-pounder, until the end. When he reopened his recruiting, Iowa was the first school Shannon visited.

On his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, Shannon announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes.

“These past few weeks I’ve thought long and hard about where I’ll be attending college and playing football for the next four years,” Shannon tweeted. “I’d like to personally thank all the programs that took their time to recruit me and offer me the opportunity to play the game I love. After many conversations with my parents and family, I have finally decided to further my academic and football career at the University of Iowa.”

A 3-star prospect, Shannon held offers from Arkansas, Missouri, Michigan State, Purdue, Duke, Virginia, Iowa State, Kansas State, Memphis, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Syracuse and Washington State. Iowa was the first school to offer Shannon a scholarship, back in November 2016. Rivals lists offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz as Shannon’s lead recruiter.

During his junior season at Oswego, Shannon had 56 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles. Shannon was one of parade of recruits who visited during Iowa’s spring game.

“While I was there, I talked to Coach Brian Ferentz, Coach (Kelvin) Bell, Coach (Tyler) Barnes, and Coach (Reese) Morgan,” Shannon told HawkeyeReport.com. “They told me that I am high on their board and a priority, and that they would be at my school within the next week.”

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Shannon is the 10th commitment for Iowa’s 2018 class and the second defensive tackle among Iowa commits, joining Solon’s Tyler Linderbaum. The national signing period for 2018 begins on Feb. 7.

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