Coe Stoked for Iowa Visit

One of the most talked about Iowa prospects in the 2011 Class, Rodney Coe is scheduled to take his much anticipated official visit to Kinnick Stadium this weekend. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the talented RB from Illinois to find out where the Hawkeyes stand and what he hopes to see on his trip.

Rodney Coe's recruiting has taken some twists and turns. One thing has remained consistent. Iowa has been among his favorites.

The four-star running back will officially visit the Hawkeyes this weekend when they take on No. 7 Ohio State. He took an unofficial trip to Iowa City in April and gushed over what he saw.

Coe, from Edwardsville (Ill) High, officially visited Illinois last weekend. He's scheduled to visit Kansas, Kansas State and Arkansas after that.

Who's the favorite?

"I don't know," Coe said. "I know I like Iowa and Illinois."

Coe, the No. 11-ranked RB in the nation according to, considered picking his school during the Army All-American Bowl in early January. He's changed that timetable to announce around signing day in the beginning of February.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Coe holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Nebraska and many other powerful programs from across the country.'s Scott Kennedy calls him a running back in a defensive end's body.

Throughout the recruiting process, Coe has expressed a desire play in a college system that features the running back. That's one of the main things that attracted him to Iowa.

"I like it," Coe said of the Hawkeye attack. "I mean, it's what I'm looking for in an offense, which is an I-formation, pro-style."

When Coe visited Iowa's campus in the spring, he stayed for only an afternoon and didn't get a good feel for everything the program had to offer.

"I'd just like to get a an idea what the players and coaches are like," he said.

Coe said he' won't be affected by Iowa's win loss record this year, whether the Hawkeyes finish the season 10-3 or 7-6.

Iowa's pursuit of Coe has been intense.

"They are on me really hard," he said. "They tell me how bad they want me and how they can really use me. They tell me that I'm a good fit for their offense."

Coe is scheduled to arrive in Iowa City Friday and head back to Edwardsville on Sunday.

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