The Iowa football coaches are not only working hard on the practice field to make this year’s young Hawkeye team better for Saturdays. The staff also is looking ahead to the future by trying to grab commitments from some of the best high school football players in the nation.
While there are 10 players already committed to the Hawkeye program, several others remain high on the Hawkeyes. Here is a rundown of some of those players.
Curry is a 6-foot-3, 272-pound defensive tackle who is ranked No. 23 in the nation. The Keller, Texas, native has a top five of Iowa, Boise State, Missouri, Oregon and Ole Miss but also has offers from Arizona, Iowa State, Baylor, Boston College, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue.
Curry also is planning on making his official visit to Iowa City later this month on October 22 when the Indiana Hoosiers invade Kinnick Stadium.
Johnson is a 6-foot-7, 245-pound tight end who is ranked No. 38 in the nation by scout.com. This Minnesota native already has narrowed his selections down to three programs — Iowa, Minnesota and Ole Miss. However, he also has received offers from Aurburn, Iowa State, Illinois, Boston College and Kansas.
The Iowa coaching staff always seems to find at least one big-time commitment at tight end in each class, and Johnson would be that guy.
At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Coleman is a three-star running back who is ranked No. 45 by scout.com. Coleman hails from Oak Forest, Illinois, and has a top five of Iowa, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana and West Virginia.
Besides those five programs, Coleman also has received offers from Michigan State, Minnesota, Syracuse, Toledo and Western Michigan.
Fuller has not listed a top five yet but Iowa is the only school he has indicated a “high” interest in, according to scout.com. Fuller is a 6-foot-5, 265-pound offensive lineman who is ranked No. 49 and has been given three stars.
Besides his high interest in Iowa, Fuller also has “medium” interest in Arizona, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Purdue, Texas Tech, Virginia and Wake Forest.
The biggest fish in the state of Iowa this season is Dowling Catholic wide receiver Amara Darboh, who is currently out with an injury suffered a few weeks back.
Darboh has a great blend of speed, size and football smarts as he helped the Maroons win the Class 4A championship last season. Darboh has a top five listed as Iowa, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin and Notre Dame, but Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and company have to put this guy on the top their recruiting list.
It is generally OK to lose guys to other programs that are not from your homestate, but fans of the program tend to not enjoy instate athletes choosing to play somewhere else. The enjoyment would be even less with a player like Darboh.
The current 2012 class has a nice blend of several different positions. Of the 10 commitments already in the fold, eight are three-star athletes and one — defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson — has been given four stars by scout.com.
Johnson is ranked No. 19 overall at his position. The other standout recruits in the class include three-star cornerback/wide receiver Maurice Fleming (No. 35 overall at cornerback), three-star safety Ruben Lile (No. 28 overall), three star offensive tackle Ryan Ward (No. 48 overall) and three-star kicker/punter Connor Kornbrath (No. 13 overall).
Fans can expect this weekend in Iowa City to be a big recruting weekend for the Hawkeyes. Blair Sanderson of Rivals.com is reporting that around 19 high school athletes will be in town on visits this weekend.