Recruiting News and Notes

This article contains a veritable wealth of information about Hawkeye football. Among the items discussed are: 1. Commit CB Bradley Fletcher, 2. Mystery possible transfer revealed as he visited last weekend. 3. An interview with prominent South Jersey high school coach, Dan Spittal.

The Hawks will be looking to sign three or four cornerbacks in the Class of 2004. They got off to a good start in the commitment of Youngstown Liberty's Bradley Fletcher. The 6'2 175 cornerback is considered a rising prospect to many in the Ohio area. In fact, some have labeled him the next best cornerback prospect in the Cleveland area behind Ted Ginn, Jr. Fletcher could also end up playing safety for the Hawks.

One visitor this past weekend for the annual spring game was Warren, Pennsylvania athlete Ben Maljovec. The 6'3 195 running back/safety comes from the Erie area where he competed against the likes of Ed Hinkel in football and track. Iowa is his only current offer, and Ben almost ended up making a commitment this past weekend. Although Maljovec will wait to see what other schools come calling, expect the Hawks to be near the top throughout the process.

The Hawks also hosted an official visitor this past weekend in fullback Mark Palmer. A transfer from the University of Utah, where he played as a true freshman this past fall, Mark has received offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, Boston College, and Maryland since the transfer. At 6'3 235, he would immediately jump into the competition to replace Edgar Cervantes next spring. He has visited both Iowa and Wisconsin at this point, and will likely be making a decision before the end of April. Mark's father, Bill, played for the Miami Dolphins in the 70's.

Voorhees Eastern Regional Head Coach Dan Spittal spoke to about his experience at this spring's coaching clinic. Coach Spittal came away very impressed, especially with Coach Ferentz.

"Coach Wilson is one of the most respected coaches in South Jersey. I was honored when he asked me to speak at their clinic this spring. The atmosphere was great as the coaching staff and players seemed to be a close unit. Coach Ferentz is just such an amazing coach, and is so low key after coming off such huge success."

Coach Spittal will feature prospects OL Phil Trautwein, WR/CB Matt Spittal (son), and QB Anthony Orio. Orio was in attendance this past weekend for the spring game before completing a vacation to Florida. Spittal, at 5'11 160, is a burner and could receive a look from Iowa at cornerback rather than receiver. Iowa will wait to hear more on Trautwein's performances at summer camps to see how well of a base blocker he is due to Voorhees running a spread option offense. Trautwein has an offer from Boston College, and figures to be one of the more heavily recruited offensive lineman in New Jersey.

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