Iowa Backs Off

'11 Florida Safety Carl Williams was hoping to be a Hawkeye. He was informed on Sunday morning that Iowa was full at his position.

Carl Williams received a disappointing email on Sunday morning. His favorite school, Iowa, informed him that it would be ending its recruitment of the Florida defensive back.

"Coach (Rich) Kaczenski just informed us that they are done at the DB position with the recent commit," said the recruit's father, Carl Williams Sr., via a text to me Sunday morning.

Williams Sr. informed me on Saturday that Kaczenski, who recruits Florida for Iowa, told the family that they had received a recent defensive back commitment and were unsure where they stood with that position and the rest of their prospects for 2011.

As of Saturday, the door was still open for Williams at Iowa, according to his father. They were planning an official visit to Iowa next weekend even without a scholarship offer in hand. That changed with Sunday's email from Kaczenski.

"We will not be out next week," Williams Sr. said. "We will not waste our time."

Iowa's last known commitment in the defensive backfield was Nicholas Law on Nov. 1. DBs Lafayette Pitts, Raymon Taylor and Jeremiah Hendy officially visited the Hawkeyes since the end of the regular season. They previously had verbally committed to schools where there was a coaching change but are now looking around.

There's also a possibility that a '11 commit projected at linebacker is now being considered as a safety. Cole Fisher and Mike Orloff could fit that description.

Urbandale's Travis Perry, who is scheduled to officially visit Iowa City on Jan. 28, is not committed or holding an Iowa offer yet. I contacted him on Sunday morning on his way back from Eastern Illinois official. He is a kid Iowa is/was looking at as a possibility at linebacker or safety.

And, there's always a chance that it's a commitment from a mystery recruit.

As for Williams, he was willing to wait until signing day (Feb. 2) for Iowa to offer, his father said.

"We were hoping (for an Iowa offer)," Williams Sr. said on Saturday when he thought the Hawkeyes still were interested in his son. "Carl has been following their defense all year. He's not going to sign anywhere else.

"Coach (Phil) Parker really liked Carl. Iowa is where he wants to go."

Williams Sr. said his son still is looking at Illinois, to whom he committed during the summer. The father also feels that another Big Ten school will now enter the picture for Williams Jr.

"I think Nebraska will get in," Williams Sr. said. "They thought he was a lock for Iowa. Since that has changed, I will give them a call on Monday."


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