Midlands Recruiting Roundup

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Iowa Lands 'Show Me' Defender

The state of Missouri has always been a hot spot for the Iowa Hawkeyes and they added a commitment from three-star defensive end Michael Slater.

The St. Louis area defensive end confirmed Thursday evening that he verbally committed to Iowa. He became the 15th known pledge in the Hawkeyes 2015 recruiting class.

"Something in my gut told me it was time," the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder from Chesterfield (Mo.) Parkway Central said.

"I talked to all of my coaches, family and friends about it. I've loved Iowa since I first met Coach (Chris) Polizzi and Coach (Jim) Reid. I just felt it was the place I wanted to be."

Tech Gets a Recruiting Surprise

Texas Tech fell short on Saturday, losing a close battle to West Virginia at home, but it did walk away with a big win on the recruiting trail, securing a commitment from Monroe (La.) Neville defensive tackle Courtney Wallace.

Wallace, a 6-foot-1, 310-pounder will be able to come in and provide depth at position that has been a challenge for the Red Raiders to find solid talent at in recent years.

It is a bit of an odd story because Wallace was not on an official visit to Texas Tech and has not yet been on campus, but it was his relationship with assistant coach Kevin Curtis that helped seal the deal.

“Our relationship is awesome man,” Wallace confirmed. “He really makes me feel important.”

Wallace chose Tech over offers from Southern Mississippi, South Florida, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana Monroe.

Sheffield Talks Officials

Kendall Sheffield, a 6-foot-0, 180-pound cornerback from Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall is one of the most sought-after prospects in the country. In fact, he is the No. 2 ranked cornerback prospect in the country on the Scout.com rankings.

To date, he has made two official visits, to USC and Ohio State.

Sheffield he “liked” both visits, though did not say much more than that, which is to be expected. Through the process, he has been quite mindful when speaking on schools individually.

“Ohio State and USC both are good programs and I liked both visits. Both schools had great cornerbacks and I liked how they used good techniques,” Sheffield said. “My next official visit is next week to Florida State.”

Before that, Sheffield mentioned also that he wants to take an unofficial visit this upcoming weekend, to Texas A&M to see the game against Ole Miss. This appears to be a visit that was added seeing that originally scheduled (unofficial) trip to see Texas A&M vs. LSU was for November 27.


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