PREMIUM PREVIEW: Hawkeye News and Notes

Moving aside from recruiting a bit, HTO.com delivers the news of a new team record in the vertical Jump. Also, what freshman on defense are beginning to believe they may play next fall? Now back to recruiting, we decided to throw in a few in-state nuggets.

Bob Sanders entered his last spring testing with vengence. It quickly showed as he broke the Hawkeye team record in the vertical with a jump of 44.9". An outstanding feat for a player standing only 5'8, it should certainly help Bob in the pro combine next winter. Sean Considine finished second with a jump of 42", reported earlier on HTO.com.

HTO.com has yet to hear any results of forty yard dash times, but we have heard many increased their speeds. It was most evident in the skill positions and secondary where many of young players have started to blossom.

It is looking more and more likely that the Hawkeyes will be looking for a true freshman to play at defensive tackle this fall. Expect Richard Kittrell and George Eshareturi to receive the strongest consideration.

Also, do not count out a linebacker getting some time in special teams, and some duty work at the "mike" position. Right now, Tom Busch is the most likely option, but nothing is guranteed yet until practice begins.

My gut told me earlier this winter that Khalik Price could make an early impact at corner for the Hawks. Many coaches I spoke with in South Jersey echo the same sentiments referring to Price as the biggest sleeper in south Jersey last fall. His track speed has already been mentioned several times, and at 6'2 200, he would give the staff the much needed size at cornerback. However, would a red-shirt year of gaining the proper technique be better for his career? It'll be a tough debate for the Hawkeye coaching staff.

As WR Adrian Arrington picked up another offer, this time from UCLA, word is that teammate QB Warren Suess is near receiving from Iowa State. Despite the potential Cyclone offer, do not expect the Hawks to offer anytime in the near future!

Iowa State has also informed OL Andy Payton an offer will likely be extended at summer camp. Andy has been performing very well in track this spring, and is an impressive athlete at 6'4 245. The Hawks will have a tough choice in who they offer out of the 6'4 240 to 245 group in Kyle Wilcox, Rob Bruggeman, Andy Payton, and Mark Huygens. (EDITOR's NOTE: We first reported Iowa State had offered Suess from CycloneNation.com; however; they were able to later confirm that Warren has not yet officially received the offer)


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