Coe Impressed with Iowa

Four-star running back Rodney Coe officially visited the University of Iowa during the weekend. The Illinois native speaks with Hawkeye Insider about the trip and where Iowa stands with him.

Rodney Coe told me last week that his five finalists were not equal. He wasn't sure about a favorite but said he liked Iowa and Illinois.

Coe placed the Hawkeyes among his top schools after visiting the campus unofficially in April. This past weekend, the big running back from Illinois officially visited Iowa for its game against Ohio State, who won 20-17.

"It's still the same," the Class of 2011 product said about his feelings for the Hawkeyes. "I like Iowa not matter if they win or lose. It was a good game and I can see myself playing in the Black and Gold."

Coe said he was hosted by four Hawkeye true freshmen - A.J. Derby, Christian Kirksey, Carl Davis and Kevonte Martin-Manley. He was interested to see what the players and coaches were like after spending some time with them.

"I felt like I got to connect with the players and the coaches," said Coe, a four-star talent rated by as the 11th best running back in his class. "That stood out. I got good vibes from them."

Coe also spent quite a bit of time with head coach Kirk Ferentz.

"He said how much he'd really like for me to be there and that he felt like I would be a good addition to the team," the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Coe said.

Coe said he was amazed by the game day atmosphere and everything else he saw on the visit.

"I thought he town was pretty legit because there isn't too much going on but enough to have fun," Coe said. "I also like the campus. It's not too big."

With trips to Illinois and Iowa behind him, Coe still plans on officially visiting the other three finalists on his list - Arkansas, Kansas and Kansas State. He said he would be making his decision in February, close to signing day.

Here's a link to our pre-visit interview with Coe. He talks more about the Hawkeyes and the recruiting process.

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