Hawks Add Versatile Defensive Back

At his Signing Day press conference this past Feburary, Coach Ferentz made no secret the Hawks were desperate for corners with size. After the late addition of 6'2 Khalik Price, Iowa went one step further in adding an early commitment in the class of 2004. It happens to be another 6'2 cornerback in Youngstown Liberty's Bradley Fletcher.

Bradley Fletcher spent most of Monday morning with his Head Coach, Jeff Whittaker, making the drive back to Ohio from Iowa City. Therefore, I did not waste any time in asking Fletcher how it felt to be a Hawkeye.

"It feels good," Fletcher said happily. "It feels real good."

The 6'2 175 (4.5) cornerback/free safety made his first visit to Iowa City this past weekend for the spring game. Some may be surprised at how early he committed, but it came to no surprise for Bradley.

"The coaches made me feel so comfortable. I went downtown with my coach a few times. We ate a few resturants, and just walked around to check everything out. I loved everything I saw. Overall, there is just so many good people in Iowa City."

Fletcher, who carries a 2.5 GPA and will be taking the test soon, starred at cornerback as a sophmore and free safety as a junior. HTO.com spoke with Coach Whittaker to gain his feelings on Bradley's recruitment.

"I know Iowa liked that he is versatile enough to play both corner and safety. I believe they like his size more at safety. One thing that really impressed the staff on film was that he is call contact. I know it was important for them to have a kid whom likes contact in their secondary."

Make no mistake about it, though, the key term for Bradley is potential.

"First of all, Bradley is still only 16 years old. He does not turn 17 until June. He has so much room for growth physically at 6'2 175. He is also a big-time basketball player here, and is very active in all sports. He has good speed and is really just starting to blossom everyday. The kid doesn't even have hair on his legs yet," Coach Whittaker added jokingly.

Coach Whittaker had crossed paths with Iowa Offensive Coordinator Ken O'Keefe before. Coach O'Keefe had recruited former Whittaker products while serving as the head coach at Alleghany. This time around, Coach Whittaker was even more impressed with Coach O'Keefe's recruitment.

"They did such a good job of researching Bradley as a person. They want to make sure they are bringing in good kids to play in their program, and they did an outstanding job of evaluating Bradley. I was tremendously impressed with the entire coaching staff."

Fletcher also recieved interest from Ohio State and West Virginia. He was slated to visit Ohio State this weekend, but has put those plans on hold. If the Buckeyes were to offer, could Bradley re-open his commitment?

"I'm 100% committed to Iowa," Fletcher added. "I want to be a Hawkeye. The opporunity was just too much to pass up."

Fletcher led Liberty with 30 solo tackles. As a running back, he rushed for 911 yards on 84 carries, averaging 10.8 yards per carry.


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