Hawkeye Insider

In this installment, we hit on basketball recruiting, football positions and more.

Iowa CITY, Ia. - I hear a lot of rumors and speculation regarding University of Iowa sports living here. Some of it is comical, some sad and a lot of it, well, turns out to be true, at least to an extent.

I feel pretty well connected having called Iowa City home since the fall of 1997 and covering football and men's basketball since then. People love to talk, sometimes with an agenda and sometimes without one.

Each week or so, I'm going to roll out a notebook of things I'm hearing as it relates to the Hawkeyes. It won't be published unless the source, most likely unnamed, is one in which I feel real comfortable or there are multiple people i trust telling me the same thing.

Here we go…

  • TOUGH CALL:
  • Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery struggled with his decision to move away from JUCO guard Matt Glover, who ended up signing with Penn State. Iowa canceled his official visit and never offered him a scholarship.

    McCaffery liked Glover. He knew by not offering him, he risked having to face him for three years, as the California native held opportunities at Penn State and Nebraska.

    In the end, Iowa's head man couldn't see how he was going to find minutes for another backcourt player after he received a verbal commitment from Anthony Hubbard early in the week when Glover was to visit. Hubbard didn't announce until Saturday.

    With Hubbard, the Hawkeye backcourt includes Bryce Cartwright, Matt Gatens, Devyn Marble, Eric May and Josh Oglesby.

  • SAFETY DANCE:
  • A lot was made of Micah Hyde, the defensive star of the Insight Bowl, moving to free safety this spring. I've heard that there's a great chance he's back at cornerback when the season kicks off.

    Coordinator Norm Parker loves true sophomore Tanner Miller and hopes the Wellman Mid-Prairie graduate responds well enough from offseason surgery to claim the starting FS spot in August camp.

    I get the feeling that Hyde at safety this spring accomplished a few things - 1. It allowed Micah a chance to be the quarterback and better learn the defense; 2. In case Miller isn't ready, Hyde got a jump at playing FS; 3. B.J. Lowery and Greg Castillo, two CBs Iowa likes a lot, got reps in the spring.

  • GETTING THE POINT:
  • A portion of the Iowa fan based is worried about not having a true point guard to back up Bryce Cartwright next season. The concerns have merit.

    The Iowa staff wanted Cezar Guerrero. He was by far at the top of their list before picking Oklahoma State.

    The interest in Shaq Stokes ended, for the most part, after a few in-person scouts. The smallish NY PG, who committed to Hawaii, struggled when Iowa saw him in person. He showed an unorthodox shot.

    The coaches knew it was an uphill battle for Wes Washpun, the Cedar Rapids one who chose Tennessee. Iowa schmoozed his prep teammate, Josh Oglesby, and Washpun got that from Cuonzo Martin.

    Iowa liked Eli Carter's game, to an extent, but he did not play well when Iowa watched him in person. He lacked concern that his team was losing, instead pointing out perceived injustices to him by the officials.

  • TOUGH GUYS:
  • We had a discussion in the Swarm regarding the best offensive lineman on Iowa. Much of the debate pitted Riley Rieff and James Ferentz.

    I agree with the thought that it's tough to compare a left tackle, Reiff, and a center, Ferentz. Their jobs carry much different requirements.

    What I have heard is that these are two of the nastiest, meanest linemen during the Kirk Ferentz Era. These guys aren't dirty. They just play through the whistle in games and practice.

  • SHORT TAKES:
  • Hearing Cully Payne had a tough time deciding whether to stay or go. He really liked Iowa and had a lot of friends. He was getting some pressure from his family to go and that's what he did…Eric Katenda's visit to Iowa City could have gone better…Don't be surprised to see Dominic Alvis start the season as a No. 1 DT.

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