Iowa adds 24 commits

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Quinton Alston - LB

Sicklerville, NJ (Timber Creek)
6'1", 220
Scout: Rivals:

Ferentz quote:
Darryl and I stopped by there that Friday morning, the first Friday, we were allowed out after the Bowl game and as you know he had committed to another institution. So we had stopped by there and he called me later that night, he and his mom met with us at school and he called me that night. I was at my next stop, and it was great news. And then, you know, he's just a tremendous young man.

Stats: ('09) 80 tackles, 12 TFLs, 4 sacks

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Alston looks like a middle linebacker to me. He's strong against the run and, based on his film, can meet a running back in the hole and hit him hard. Though the depth at linebacker in currently slim, I see Alston a year or two away from really competing for a spot on the 2-deeps, though he could play special teams earlier.

Austin Blythe - OL

Williamsburg, IA (Williamsburg)
6'3", 285
Scout: Rivals:

Ferentz quote:
Yeah, both Austin and Jordan are guys that I think are really excellent high school football players.

Stats: 63 tackles, 18 TFLs, 9 sacks

Video: GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
I love the idea of having Blythe, a championship wrestler, as an interior lineman. I don't see him having much of a chance cracking the top 5 this year, but after Gettis graduates, I could see Blythe competing for one of the guard spots.

Damon Bullock - RB

Mansfield, TX (Mansfield)
6'0", 195
Scout: Rivals:

Ferentz quote:
We are excited about the group, and you know, some of the guys we are aware of, and obviously the most recent developments, Damon Bullock that, happened kind of late.

Stats: 239 carries, 1606 yards, 22 TDs

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Bullock could be a good change of pace back as more of a speedy quick hitter that could come in after Coker (or maybe Coe) has worn down the defense. With a large running back class coming in, and probably 2 already in front of him (Coker and De'Andre Johnson), it may be hard for Bullock to see the field.

Torrey Campbell - DB

Naples, FL (Barron Collier)
5'11", 183
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 36 rushes, 253 yards, 4 TDs

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Campbell has the speed is the right size to play cornerback. Iowa has a couple of really good players returning at the position so it may be a few years before they open up for Campbell to really compete for a starting spot. My guess is that he'll red-shirt unless he's needed on special teams.

Jordan Canzeri - RB

Troy, NY (Troy)
5'9", 172
Scout: Rivals:

Ferentz quote:
You have to go by what you see on tape and the passion he plays, with the toughness he plays and the determination, that really -- told his dad we are not going to ask him to rebound. We just want him to run the football. So we are really excited about him.

Stats: 222 carries, 2048 yards, 36 TDs

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Canzeri's film impressed me as much as anyone's. He is really fast and has a knack for making guys miss. Some of his runs are very creative and he's not afraid to use the whole field with the ball in his hands. He could be a good change of pace back or be used as a kick returner. I could also see him being used as an end-around specialist/slot receiver a la Paul Chaney.

Rodney Coe - RB

Glen Carbon, IL (Edwardsville)
6'3", 238
Scout: Rivals:

Ferentz quote:
You know, if he can hold at that area, 250, 255, maybe -- but if he outgrows it that won't be a bad thing, but our intentions are to play him at running back and we have shared that with him and we are excited about that. We think he's a good running back.

Stats: 102 carries, 554 yards, 6 TDs

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Coe is the most obvious pick to have the biggest immediate impact from this signing class. He is an absolute beast at running back. He is a very large man, but can move really well. I would guess he will be the 3rd string running back behind Coker and Johnson as soon as he steps on campus and could move his way up during camp.

Marcus Collins - LB

Yeadon, PA (Monsignor Bonner)
6'0", 215
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 90 tackles, 15 sacks

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Collins seems like an athlete Iowa could mold into multiple positions. He current listed as a linebacker but could probably play at safety or a couple of offensive positions. I see him red-shirting this year.

Darian Cooper - DL

Elkridge, MD (DeMatha)
6'2", 280
Scout: Rivals:

Ferentz quote:
Cooper was here last weekend on campus, and you know, he knows Marcus, has known him for six, seven years, eight, I'm not sure exactly but they played little league football together and have a great relationship. Darian had a great opportunity to talk some -- he was in here the weekend after those exercises.

Stats: 10 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 3 batted passes

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Cooper was a really big pickup for the Hawkeyes. The defensive line is pretty thin on depth. With 3 starters gone after 2010 and likely 2 more after this upcoming season, Cooper could easily find a way into the starting lineup by 2012. He is also important as he continues the pipeline between DeMatha Catholic High School (who had 11 D1 kids this year) and Iowa.

Jake Duzey - TE

Troy, MI (Athens)
6'4", 224
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 38 receptions, 629 yards, 4 TDs

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Like a lot of high school tight ends these days, Duzey is a better receiver than blocker at this point. He can play more of the tight end/h-back/slot receiver role than the 3rd offensive tackle role. Once he gets down his blocking though, he should be able to see more playing time. I think he's got a chance to put up some big receiving numbers in the future. He runs well with the ball in his hands.

Cole Fisher - DB

Omaha, NE (Millard North)
6'2", 195
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 136 tackles, 3 INTs

Video: GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Fisher was originally being looked at as a linebacker, but with a few others in the signing class is now going to start out at safety. There is probably a more immediate need at safety and it's the position he played in high school. He was very good in high school just reading the play and then reacting to the ball. He had a ton of tackles and I think could be a good strong safety for Iowa.

Marcus Grant - WR

North Carver, MA (Lawrence Academy)
6'3", 195
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 26 catches, 557 yards, 8 TDs

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Grant was an important commit for Iowa. He was not only the first player to commit in this class, he was also the first to send in his letter of intent today. Iowa lost a ton of talent at receiver last year and will have some openings in the rotation. Grant could probably red-shirt this year, but I think will definitely see the field in 2012.

Ray Hamilton - TE

Strongsville, OH (Strongsville)
6'5", 235
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 55 catches, 902 yards, 11 TDs

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Hamilton is ready to come in and play tight end at Iowa. He knows how to block and is an excellent receiver. He has good size too and is a big threat inside the red-zone. I could see Hamilton being the 3rd string tight end this year.

Dan Heiar - OL

Charlotte, IA (Iowa Western C.C.)
6'5", 285
Scout: Rivals:

Ferentz quote:
And Dan was semi-accidental in that we don't actively recruit junior college players but he came to our attention and liked what we saw on tape and thought that he would be a really good fit and we are excited about him, too.

Stats: 1st Team All-Midwest Football Conference

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Heiar is an interesting commit. He is the only JUCO player in this year's class. He was pretty successful for Iowa Western, but I don't know if he's ready to beat out anyone on the starting offensive line this year. He could be a good player to add depth though.

Jacob Hillyer - WR

Somerset, TX (Somerset)
6'4", 195
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 87 catches, 1648 yards, 18 TDs

Video: GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
I like Hillyer's size and ability to make guys miss. He work his way into the receiver rotation very quickly. A couple of years under Coach Campbell, and I think he'll be a very solid player.

Henry Krieger-Coble - TE

Mt. Pleasant, IA (Mt Pleasant Community)
6'4", 210
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 35 catches, 612 yards, 8 TDs

Video: GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Krieger-Coble falls in the same boat as Duzey...he'll need to learn how to block before he see much playing time. He was very successful in high school as a receiver. He should provide some great competition among all the freshmen tight ends.

Nicholas Law - DB

Clinton, MD (Bishop McNamara)
6'1", 180
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 106 Tackles, 6 Sacks, 1 INT

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Law is an exciting commit. I think he'll see time this year on special teams and work towards earning one of the safety spots very soon.

Jordan Lomax - DB

Upper Marlboro, MD (DeMatha)
5'10", 185
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 52 tackles, six PBUs, 2 INTs

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Lomax is another player continuing the DeMatha pipeline. He has good cover skills, and impressed me with his ability to read an offense and make a play. I could see him at corner or safety, but like him better as a safety prospect.

Johnny Lowdermilk - LB

Kensington, OH (Carrollton)
6'2", 200
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 106 tackles, 2 interceptions

Video: Highlights

Quick Thoughts:
Lowdermilk could play any of the linebacker spots but looks to me more like an outside linebacker. I'm predicting a red-shirt for him.

Mikail McCall - RB

Dolton, IL (Thornridge)
6'0", 215
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 153 carries, 1283 yards, 16 TDs

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
McCall is an exciting prospect at running back. He looks like he possesses a good combination of strength and speed. One thing I saw in his highlights was his ability to break tackles and fall forward. Some of the other running backs in this class are just speedy guys that get their yards by out-running you...McCall can do that too, but does offer something more. Depending on how many running backs Iowa needs to use this year, I could see McCall seeing some limited playing time.

Riley McMinn - DL

Rochester, IL (Rochester)
6'7", 219
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 80 tackles, 17 TFLs, 13 sacks

Video: GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
McMinn has a huge frame and could play some other positions than defensive end. If he puts on a lot of weight I think he'd be an exciting offensive tackle. If not, he'll still be tall enough to bat ball down at the line of scrimmage.

John Raymon - DL

Richboro, PA (Council Rock North)
6'5", 240
Scout: Rivals:

Ferentz quote:
And you know, we were just really enthused and more importantly, it's what drew him to us. I'm still a little perplexed by that because he had a strong enthusiasm for our program through the spring recruiting and came out in June. And he's pretty much set on the program so we are awfully happy that he is.

Stats: 28 tackles

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Raymon should help provide some depth along the defensive line though is probably a few years away from really pushing for a starting spot. He is coming off an injury so should be hungry to practice and play when he hits fall camp.

Jake Rudock - QB

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas)
6'3", 185
Scout: Rivals:

Ferentz quote:
When he came up here in June, he came up for a visit with his folks and to meet with the staff and take a look at the school. But we had a senior camp that day and he chose to go out and compete that day. We had already offered him the scholarship, it was not like a tryout or anything like that but he chose to go out there and compete and he was more impressive throwing the ball than us looking at him as a junior. To me it really showed that he was a really confident guy and believed in himself and boy, I tell you, we were thrilled when he did commit.

Stats: 160/231, 2784 yards, 36 TDs, 3 INTs

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Rudock is one of the commits I'm most excited about. He led his team to a state championship and a "national title." What I like most about him is his decision making. He threw just 3 interceptions all year while racking up 36 touchdowns. I think Vandeberg is the man this year and next, but Rudock could challenge for the backup role and will have in interesting battle with A.J. Derby as the QB of the future.

Melvin Spears - LB

Allen, TX (Allen)
6'2", 224
Scout: Rivals:

Stats: 105 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 INTs

Video: GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Spears is another guy that could provide some need depth at linebacker. Or he could end up at some other position depending on where the coaches think he fits best.

Jordan Walsh - OL

Glendale Heights, IL (Glenbard West)
6'4", 260
Scout: Rivals:

Ferentz quote:
Jordan comes out of a tremendous program and we have tried to recruit players out of that program unsuccessfully and we are just really excited to get Jordan.

Stats: 0 sacks allowed

Video: Highlights | GoHawks Video

Quick Thoughts:
Walsh is an exciting offensive lineman commit. His video features Walsh just destroying guys, pushing them 20 yards down field. I think he could fit the typical start at guard for a year or two then graduate to tackle thing that Ferentz likes to do with his O-linemen.
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