Overton Visiting Iowa

Iowa doesn't recruit very much in California but they're taking a hard look at a prospect from Pomona. The 2011 CB will officially visit Iowa City this weekend and has an interesting tie to the university.

Jamal Overton throws the name out nonchalantly when asked how he became interested in Iowa. His cousin is married to a relatively popular former Hawkeye.

"Bob Sanders has told me a lot about Iowa," Overton said. "He told me it's a great football program and a good place to go. He also said (Iowa DB Coach Phil Parker) is a really good coach."

Parker is leading the recruitment of Overton, who Friday morning will fly from his home in Pomona, Calif. to Iowa City for his official visit. The cornerback is hoping for a scholarship offer on the trip.

"I really don't know if they'll offer or not," Overton said. "I hope they offer."

Overton said Iowa has stayed in touch with him throughout the recruiting process. He attended camp at the school last summer.

"They called me the whole time," Overton said. "I've been an Iowa fan since i was little. I know it's a great program and they put defensive backs in the NFL."

Iowa called Overton on Monday to invite him on this weekend's official visit.

Overton also is being recruited by Portland State and has heard from Western Michigan, who sees him as a running back.

"Scouts didn't get a chance to see me at my natural position (cornerback)," the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder said. "My team needed me to play down in the box a lot this season."

Overton describes himself as explosive, strong and viscous on the field. He reports a top time of 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Pomona High alums Husain and Hamza Abdullah and Delanie Walker play in the NFL.

Overton said that if Iowa offers him a scholarship he will commit to the school.

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