McCall "Solid" with Iowa

Mika'il McCall has moved his verbal commitment to Iowa from soft to solid. The Class of 2011 running back from Chicago talks about his pledge to the Hawkeyes in this Hawkeye Insider recruiting update.

Out with the old. In with the new.

Attrition has hit the Iowa running back position hard in the last month. The Hawkeyes have addressed the departures in recruiting.

Mika'il (me-ki-el) McCall said on Thursday that he was solidly committed to Iowa. He'd previously been a soft verbal for the Hawkeyes.

The Chicago-area star verbally committed to Michigan State in July. When he decided he wanted to take more visits last month, the Spartans pulled his scholarship offer.

McCall officially visited Iowa before the holidays. An article in a Chicago paper said the 6-foot, 225-pound back committed on his trip to Iowa City. He then dispelled that story in a piece written by a recruiting website.

"He basically left Iowa City and was a soft commitment," Thornridge High Coach Mike Morrissey said. "He just needed time to think about it and talk it over with his family during the holiday break. He did, realized that Iowa was the place for him and called the coaches to tell them he was solid."

McCall joins fellow Illinois back Rodney Coe in the 2011 Class. The duo stands to see early playing time with the exodus of Adam Robinson, Jewel Hampton and Brandon Wegher.

"I'm committed to Iowa and it's a solid commitment," McCall said. "I'm not taking any more visits. I think I have a chance to be something special at Iowa more than i would have at Michigan State."

McCall said the only school he thought about visiting after Iowa was Western Kentucky. He would have gone with a high school teammate that committed to the Hilltoppers.

"They were asking for me to come along but it really didn't make any sense," McCall said. "I knew Iowa was the place for me."

McCall watched Iowa defeat then-No. 12 Missouri in the Insight Bowl. He liked what he saw as true freshman running back Marcus Coker rumbled for 229 yards and a pair of scores.

"I think I fit very well into their system," McCall said. "It's a pro-style offense and that's exciting. That's what I like."

McCall said that the opportunity at early playing time at Iowa also played a role in his decision.

"I would say I'm a pretty good power back," he said."I have good size and speed. I'm a little like Shonn Greene in running style."

McCall said he catches the ball well and can block. He'd like to become lighter on his feet and work on some of his cuts.

"He's such a great competitor," Morrissey said. "What he did for us is hard to put into words. He's got a quick burst and the best stiff arm I've ever seen. He's not going to do a whole lot of juking, but his speed will surprise people. He's a great kid and will be successful."

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