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This week's insider look into Hawkeye football and men's basketball recruiting contains items on Adam Woodbury, 2012 QB targets and how Iowa might fill out its football class after Ruben Lile commitment.

Iowa CITY, Iowa - With Detroit's Ruben Lile committing to Iowa last week, the Hawkeyes moved into double digits with 10 verbals. Coach Kirk Ferentz said in Chicago at the end of July that the 2012 class likely would fall into the high teens, meaning they'd be at least half way.

It certainly will be interesting to see how Iowa finishes up. There always seems to be roster attrition, too, that could open up another ride or two.

I think Iowa takes a quarterback and at least one running back. I think David Smith ends up being the running back. For quarterback, I like Joe Mollberg, Eric Siebenshuh and Austin Lommen.

Siebenshuh (6-3 1/2, 208 pounds) had a great debut as the starter last week. The St. Charles, Mo. product threw for 353 yards and 5 TDs on 16 of 28 passing and ran for another TD in Howell's 53-17 win over Holt. Here's some video from that performance.

Mollberg was scheduled to open his season Thursday night (Sept. 1). Lommen season was set to start Friday night (Sept. 2).

If Iowa lands Smith, I think they could take another back if its someone like Greg Garmon. I'd be surprised if the coaches took Smith and someone like Tevin Coleman. And we're still not sure where Michael Malloy will play, although I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the slot.

Iowa has verbals from Ryan Ward and Mitch Keppy at offensive tackle. They would take Jordan Diamond there as well.

The Hawkeye staff would be thrilled to add Alex Kozan at guard. He's scheduled to visit on the 17th. Johnny Caspers could be a fallback there if Kozan goes elsewhere. I think the Colorado product will choose Iowa, however.

My speculation is that Iowa would take two more receivers and a lot of offers still are on the board. Andre McDonald might be the best bet to pick the Hawkeyes and there's a chance for Canaan Severin, both of whom have unofficially visited Iowa City. Brandon Sheperd, Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson are longer shots in my mind.

The Hawkeyes would love another DT to go with Jaleel Johnson. Michigan's Danny O'Brien would fit right, but he eliminated the Hawkeyes this week. Aaron Curry, Jamil Pollard and Mike Shoff are top targets here. I don't feel good about the chances with Faith Ekakitie and Vincent Valentine.

Trace Clark, Bryan Cox Jr. and Nathanael Lohn appear to be the top prospects at DE. I think Iowa could take two of them and Lohn and Clark are probably most likely the best chances.

I think Iowa's probably done at linebacker after Laron Taylor. If Quanzell Lambert wanted to be a Hawkeye, he would be, though.

Lile could end up at safety. That could factor into the staff bringing in any more players at the position. Obviously, if Demetrious Cox chooses Iowa, he would be welcomed with open arms.

I also believe the staff takes Anthony Morgan, although time could be running out on him as the bus fills up. Iowa City West Senior Charles Rogers is trying to earn a scholarship offer, but he could be brought in as a S/CB.

Speaking of corner, Maurice Fleming looks like he might end up there. He could be it. Jevon Tyree is a possibility. P. Diddy's kid, Justin Combs, is claiming an offer, but I have been unable to confirm that.

New prospects seem to pop up in the fall. We'll likely hear more names as we get closer to February signing day. You also have to keep de-commitments in your mind as a possibility.

I don't think the staff is taking a hard line in how it fills our the remainder of the class. The size of last year's group allows some flexibility.

Quick Hitters:

-Some of you guys were wondering about the basketball visitor on campus last week. I got a tip from our old friend Stormin' Spank (from Hawkeye Nation) that he heard it was 2012 point guard Clyde Smith. I've been trying confirm it with him this week but messages have gone unreturned.

-'12 verbal Kyle Meyer told me earlier this week that he would be in on Thursday (Sept. 1) to start his official visit. He expected to leave Iowa City after the football game on Saturday. I told him we'd talk on Sunday to see how the visit went and catch up on things since his commitment.

-Gavin Thurman canceled his much anticipated visit to Iowa this weekend. He told me on Wednesday that he wasn't sure about a make-up date.

The '12 F from Wichita was pretty evasive on direct questioning and I don't have a good vibe about this one. Whether it be him pulling back from Iowa, the Hawkeyes cooling, academics or something else, there's more here than is being talked about publicly.

-I try to look for tips and info on social media sites. I take them for what they're worth (not gospel).

'12 Iowa basketball verbals Mike Gesell and Patrick Ingram enjoyed a Twitter conversation this week. They talked a lot about taking their official visits to Iowa on the weekend of Sept. 17, when the Hawkeyes are expected to play host to another big target in the class, Adam Woodbury.

Gesell said he's been working on talking the Sioux City big man on joining him at Iowa. He and Ingram agree to work on Woodbury during their visit in the middle of the month.

Smith of Illinois re-tweeted my item with Iowa players being interviewed this week. The Hawkeyes have offered the running back, who is good friends with a verbal in the class, Maurice Fleming. The two have been trying to set up their official visits to Iowa City at the same time.

Siebenshuh posted that he liked a Hawkeye video on recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson's Facebook page. The Class of 2012 prospect does not have an offer. He is among a group of QB prospects being evaluated by the staff this fall.


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