Connecticut product Malik Golden chose Penn State ahead of Iowa, Boston College and Connecticut on Wednesday. He was close to pulling the trigger for Iowa after he visited the school earlier in the summer. The Hawkeyes were the first BCS school to extend him a scholarship offer.
Penn State and others came in on Golden. The lure of staying closer to home outweighed the strong relationship he built with Iowa Offensive Coordinator Ken O'Keefe and Receivers Coach Erik Campbell. I heard that UConn probably was his second choice behind the Nittany Lions.
I'm always impressed when Darrell Wilson and the Iowa staff beat out East Coast schools for prospects. It's not an easy task.
The Hawkeyes could (and likely will) end their commitment drought on Saturday night, when Ruben Lile announces his college choice after his season-opening game for Cass. The three-star safety/wide receiver will choose between Iowa, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt. Here are his thoughts from my interview Thursday night.
Scout.com's Allen Trieu, who knows the Michigan area very well, expects Lile to select Iowa. I've heard more noise this week that leads me to believe it would be an upset if Lile isn't a Hawkeye verbal.
On the basketball front, Patrick Ingram became Iowa's third commitment when he announced for the Hawkeyes last week. From what I've heard this week, we're probably not going to learn about No. 4 until September at the earliest.
Wichita's Gavin Thurman told me this week that he'll be in for his Iowa official visit on the weekend of Sept. 3, when the football team opens its season against Tennessee Tech. Verbal commitment Kyle Meyer also is expected to be on his official that weekend.
There was a tweet on Thursday saying that Sioux City big man Adam Woodbury would be taking his official visit during the Sept. 17 weekend. I've not been able to confirm that. I've left messages with him.
I think Iowa is higher on Clemmons' list of prospective schools than he is high on the Hawkeyes' wish list. He's on the board, but it's hard to say exactly where on it he's positioned.
-Trey Dickerson is another guard prospect on which to keep an eye. The New York native and California prep schooler told me this week that Iowa would be out to see him for open gyms Sept. 9-10. San Diego State and Nevada also have become more active in their recruitment of him, he said.
Two guys - Ray Lee and DeJuan Marrero - who have reported to me that they have Iowa offers and interest are not in the Hawkeyes' plans, according to a source close to the process. Much like the situation with Chicago quarterback Robert Gregory, who is reporting a Hawkeye offer of which he doesn't have, these claims are not new to the recruiting game.
Some guys lie to make themselves look better to friends and family and other suitors. Others misunderstand a school's interest.
Lee was arrested this week on four counts of felony assault in West Virginia. It was reported that he was kicked off the Huntington Prep team after the incident.
-Texas safety Anthony Morgan told me this week that he hasn't scheduled any official visits yet and that he is up to 15 scholarship offers. He told me in July that he would officially visit Iowa and Arizona for sure and use all five of the trips allowed by NCAA rules before making a decision.
-Andre McDonald, who unofficially visited Iowa earlier this month, told me on Thursday that he will visit Vanderbilt on Sept. 10 and Ohio State on Sept. 24. He planned to announce his decision after the trip to Columbus.
Johnson has been to Iowa City twice, but Hawkeye Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said about a month ago that they seemed to be losing traction with a top TE recruit because of the depth his team had at the position. Johnson fit that description.
Johnson told me he does not have any finalists or schools he definitely plans on visiting.
-Colorado Offensive Lineman Alex Kozan told me this week that he will be taking his official visit to Iowa on Sept. 24. He's indicated that the Hawkeyes are among his favorites, if not No. 1 on his list.