Allen Coach Speak

With already one player committed from Allen (TX) in the class of 2011, who could Iowa be targeting to pull out of the Texas powerhouse in the 2012 class? HI talks with head coach Tom Westerberg and gets his thoughts on his top juniors.

Year in and year out Allen high school is one of the best in the state of Texas. In the past five seasons, the Eagles are 58-8 and have a state championship to their name.

It's a school many college programs are trying to snag talent out of. Iowa's already in, but can they start to build a pipeline up I-35.

This season the Hawks received a verbal commitment from 3-star middle linebacker Melvin Spears. The senior has recently seen a bump in his rating, climbing to the No. 26 middle linebacker in the country.

"He actually played as a back-up on 2008 state champion team. He probably played in all 16 games as a sophomore," said Allen head coach Tom Westerberg. "He just grew a bunch this season, especially as a leader. He was voted in as a captain by his teammates this year, and he really put a lot of hard-work in the off-season coming into this year.

"Iowa wants to utilize him as a true inside linebacker. A couple other teams wanted him in different areas and positions, but they saw him as a true middle guy. Somebody that can really help stop the run. Iowa has put a couple really good kids into the NFL lately from the linebacker position. He choose a pretty good school in my opinion for his game."

Williams had over 2,000 yards in 2010
Now the Hawkeyes will shift their attention to younger Allen recruits, evaluating whether they are worthy of an Iowa.

One player they have reached out to is running back Jonathan Williams. The junior rushed for over 2000 yards on almost 250 carries this season. An average of 8.38 yards per carry, Williams topped Dallas-Fort Worth running backs.

With no offers yet, he might be under the radar now, but not for long.

"He is one of the best in the state, but word will get out pretty quick," said Westerberg. "He's a strong kid. He's about 6-foot-1, 195 pound. People don't think of him that big, but he is. He is just a solid running back. He will probably be the best one that comes though here."

Another player Iowa is sure to evaluate in the spring is quarterback Alec Morris. They haven't reached to him yet, but he is hearing from Oklahoma State, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.

A junior in his first-year of starting, Morris went 182-298 passing, for 2,533 yards and 22 touchdowns. A true field leader, the quarterback did a great job avoiding turnovers, managing to only throw six interceptions.

"We were originally looking to play two different kids in there at quarterback to help the team out, but he ended up having a great game against Cedar Hill to start the season," said Weserberg. "He never looked back. He did an awesome job for us."

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