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New Castle’s Stone Commits To Iowa



New Castle's Geno Stone at Heinz Field before the Pitt-Penn State game (Photo credit: Mike Vukovcan)

Back on December 18th, New Castle star safety Geno Stone decided to end his recruiting and decided to verbally commit to Kent State.

That was plan until last week when out of nowhere, Stone received an offer from perennial Big 10 contender Iowa. Now, Stone had a big decision to make.

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Would he stick with Kent State or go visit the Hawkeyes? After some internal debate, Stone made the trip over the weekend to Iowa City.

“It was great overall. When I first stepped on campus it was like I was at home. Every single coach came up to me and talked to me a lot and said how much they really wanted me there,” said Stone.

“Honestly, I wasn’t even going to visit at first, but the coaches kept bugging me and bugging me to visit. But the players were probably the biggest factor in me choosing Iowa because when I went there, it felt like they were all just my buddies from home.”

For the last year, Stone was waiting and hoping to receive an offer from a major conference school and eventually gave up hope. But that changed last week when he got the news from Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentez.

“”When I got the offer I was kind of shocked at first. I had a lot of schools come through and talk to me like Pitt, Penn State, Rutgers, Notre Dame. They all talked to me but none extended the offer so I was shocked when Iowa offered. I then start wondering if they’d pull the offer so it’s been stressful just thinking about all of this,” said Stone.

However, Stone eventually decided and announced today that having the chance to play in the Big 10 was something he couldn’t pass up.

“I just thought that I’ve always wanted to play against the best, so why not go play against teams in the best conference,” said Stone.

“It was definitely worth the wait. I’ve always dreamed of playing in a Power 5 conference, so when this opportunity came I felt like I had to take it.”

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