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The Iowa Hawkeyes have signed prospects from coast to coast since Kirk Ferentz's arrival, but no region of the country has been frequented more than the East Coast. That has not changed this spring, either, with the Hawks eyeballing several of the East's finest. It also should be comforting to know that one Hawk assistant is evidently viewed as the "man" in western Pennsylvania.

The Hawks have offered two more offensive linemen, both from the state of New Jersey. Somerville's Jessie Miller, at 6'6 270, has received offers from Iowa, Central Florida, and Temple. While that may not sound like elite company for the Hawks, Miller is one of the East's top linemen. The drawback happens to be academics where currently Miller needs some repair work. Apparently, his intelligence is not the problem, but rather his work ethic in the classroom. Now, Miller will be asked to apply the same work ethic he has on the field on the classroom. He also needs a score of 1010 or higher on the SAT. Either way, keep an eye out for Miller, who is viewed as a perfect future left tackle for the Hawks.

If there is any prospect comparable in 2003 to OL Mike Jones then Edison J.P Stevens OL Jeremy Zuttah is the one closest. The 6'4 285 is a great guard prospect, in fact the Hawks early top target at guard. He has good bloodlines, including brother Jeff who signed with Michigan last year and was ranked alongside Jones, and has had great coaching under Frank Zorro. He has early offers from Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Iowa, Rutgers, and Maryland.Do not expect the offers to stop there, though.

The Hawks also continue to hammer the Erie, Pennsylvania area. Cathedral Prep WR/S Tom Dance could be the next Erie area prospect to be offered. Coach O'Keefe was in attendance last week to watch him run the 110 hurdles in a track meet where he actually broke Ed Hinkel's school record. Dance is a physical presence at 6'2 195, and is another tough as nails prospect that fans are used to in the Erie Hawks.

Iowa also continues to recruit Erie McDowell OL Kyle Mitchum and Warren FS Ben Maljovec diligently. Expect both prospects to make summer unofficial visits, with the possibility of Maljovec attending camp.

The man behind the scenes for the Hawks involvement, and to the noted success in Pennsylvania is Offensive Coordinator Ken O'Keefe. The former Allegheny Head Coach is one of the most well respected men in Western Pennsylvania, and is known across the state. His hard work dating back as the head coach includes running many youth camps and coaching clinics, which have helped put him in place to be one of the nation's most effective recruiters in the state.

Another state not to go unnoticed under the eye of Coach O'Keefe is Connecticut. The Hawks seem to offer more and more prospects from the Huskie state each year, and have reportedly offered two prospects with three more receiving very strong looks.

Coming back briefly to the Midwest, the Hawks had Marques Simmons on campus this past Friday. They want him in Iowa City. Besides adding depth to running back, the staff feels there are no legitimate young kickoff or punt return specialists on the team, discounting the incoming freshmen. Simmons would change that quickly, and could form a future formidable pair with Herb Grigsby.


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