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Insider Notebook Touching on the Latest in Hawkeye Recruiting. This installment includes Michael Malloy, David Smith, Pat Ingram, Gavin Thurman, Amara Darboh and more.

In recruiting, things change as often as Lady Gaga's look. Recruits commit and de-commit, they change their favorites and schedule and cancel visits. Those of us who cover the beat often get confused.

I'm going to throw together these recruiting updates every now and then in an attempt to keep you (and me) straight on the latest news and possible changes. I also will add opinion and analysis.

Here we go on this installment:

David Smith: The Class of 2012 running back from Illinois will not be traveling to Iowa City this weekend as had been previously reported. He and Hawkeye commitment/good friend, Maurice Fleming, planned to come in on Saturday, but lead recruiter Lester Erb suggested that they wait as the Hawkeyes have the day off.

Iowa offered Smith earlier this month and he likes the school. He said he would take an unofficial visit to an upcoming Hawkeye game with Fleming, but they haven't picked one out yet.

Smith added that nothing has changed in his recruitment recently - no more offers or visits scheduled.

Here's the story I wrote on Smith when he received his Iowa offer.

Patrick Ingram: The '12 guard from Indiana pledged his allegiance to Iowa on Wednesday. When I spoke with him, something he said struck me as interesting.

When I asked what he needed to work on to get ready for college basketball, Ingram said ball handling. He wanted to be a true combo guard.

Perhaps I'm reading too much into it, but I thought he was being recruited strictly as a two. In fact, I was told that.

Maybe Fran McCaffery told Ingram that as a precaution in case the Hawkeyes fail to add another ball handler in this class. Or, the coach feels OK with Ingram playing some point guard and wants to fill his remaining scholarships this year with forwards and/or centers.

Quick-Hitters: Hawkeye WR target Malik Golden from Connecticut is visiting Penn State this weekend. Iowa, the Lions, Boston College and UConn are his finalists. A network story from this week quoted him as saying he likely would announce his choice on Tuesday or Wednesday…Another WR target, West Des Moines Dowling's Amara Darboh, kicks off his senior season tonight when the Maroons play rival Valley. Iowa is in his Final 5. As I've said for a while, people close to the situation say it's Notre Dame with Michigan making a late push…Still another WR target, Andre McDonald, unofficially visited Iowa last week. He is a soft verbal to Minnesota. I finally reached the Hopkins High standout via Facebook a few days ago after trying hard to get him on the phone. He told me he's stopped answering his phone while he thinks about his decision and deals with some personal issues going on in his life. I think he favors the Hawkeyes but is finding it tough to ignore pressure to stay home…Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle tweeted on Thursday that '12 Heights High F Gavin Thurman would be visiting Iowa on Sept. 3 and Colorado St. on Sept. 10. The tweet said Thurman would also visit Wichita State and two other schools. I'm hearing that Oklahoma State is making a late push on Thurman…There has been some talk that '12 MA WR Canaan Severin had eliminated Iowa from his recruitment. He told me on Friday that the information is false and that the Hawkeyes are very much in contention for his commitment…I spoke with Lansing MI PG Antony Clemmons last week and filed a story saying there was mutual interest with Iowa. He said McCaffery told him he was No. 2 on the Hawkeyes' list. This week, he committed to Eastern Michigan. I'm thinking he was a fallback if Ingram didn't commit.

Closing Thought: It wasn't a good week for '12 RB/WR commitment Michael Malloy of Sioux City. Here's the story, in case you missed it.

Malloy pleaded innocent to all the charges. He reportedly called the Hawkeye coaches to tell them what happened.

I've attempted to contact Malloy to find out what the Iowa staff told him. He hasn't responded. I would have been surprised if he had.

The Hawkeye coaches can't speak on high school athletes until the sign a national letter of intent. That can't happen for Malloy until February.

My hunch here is that Kirk Ferentz will handle this similarly to how he approaches these incidents with current Hawkeyes. He'll collect the information from the authorities and decide on what action to take.

Iowa continued to recruit Malloy at least up until the arrest. You have to hope that the staff got to know the kid as a person. They also should know enough people in Sioux City to be able to understand if this was typically behavior or an aberration.

I can't say one way or the other if Malloy's Iowa ride should be pulled. I don't feel like I have enough information to make that decision.

Iowa does have some recent history with players being removed from the team in drug-related arrests. The Hawkeyes also held a press conference in December to discuss athletes getting around their testing system.

I'm interested to see how this one plays out.


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