San Antonio, TX – When Rodney Coe committed to Iowa on December 19th, the Iowa running back position had some major questions. While it didn't factor much into his decision at that point, the Illinois 4-star product does admit that he has thought about it since.
"The instability at the running back position made me feel that I even made more of a right choice. I want to play. I feel that I can come in, help and compete," said Coe at Army All-American Bowl practices this week.
"Everyone knows it came down to Illinois and Iowa, but for me the biggest thing was about the coaching stability. The staff has been there forever and they are in place to be there for a long time. They have great backgrounds. The players made me feel the best. In end end, it was all about the people, their ability to help me get to the league, and academics."
Iowa's only All-American representative in the Army Game, Coe says life has slowed down since making his decision shortly before Christmas.
"After committing my life has changed so much," said Coe. "I don't get nearly as many calls and emails. The biggest hing for me is it has given me a chance to relax. The stresses of everyone wanting to know where I'm going is gone. There is also no more pressure to pick the right school for someone else. Its changed for the better for sure.
"Friends and family are excited. My friends are telling me they are going to drive and come see me. My family is excited and comfortable with me being a Hawkeye. They know they will be able to see me play a lot with it only being four hours."
With the emergence of Marcus Coker in the Insight Bowl, the pressures for Coe to come into Iowa City and be special right away are not nearly as big as they were three weeks ago.
"He's (Coker) a good back. I was impressed and it's going to be good competition. If I don't start, I will be the best back-up I can be. The competition should make us both better," said Coe. "I also know (Mika'il) McCall committed. He's from Chicago. I don't know a lot about him besides the fact that he's a pretty solid back. I heard that he visited and committed. I'm excited to play with him. Otherwise I don't know much about him."
Coe plans to shift his main focus from football to academics this spring, electing to workout after classes each day. He wanted to ensure Hawkeye fans that his grades are not a concern, but an area he could improve on.