Albert Young said that then Badgers Coach Barry Alvarez became very upset when the running back switched his commitment from Wisconsin to the Hawkeyes. The Iowa coaches scrambled to replace Melvin Gordon, who de-committed from Iowa to join the Badgers last year.
Class of 2012 Athlete Ruben Lile verbally pledged to the Hawkeyes in August. Wisconsin hasn't given up.
"They're sending me a lot of mail and try to keep in contact with me," Lile said. "I haven't talked to their coaches lately, but they're sending all different types of mail. No other schools have done that lately."
Lile said he has no plans to back out on his Iowa commitment.
"I'm very positive about it," he said. "I'm not changing my mind. The coaching staff shows me a lot of love. I feel very comfortable down there at Iowa."
Lile said that he speaks weekly with Hawkeye assistants Erik Campbell and Eric Johnson. Iowa is unsure where it will play the Detroit Cass Tech standout, wide receiver or safety. He laughs at the suggestion that Campbell, the wideouts coach, might get his way.
"Wherever I can help the team out," Lile said.
Cass has not lived up to its preseason billing as one of the top teams in the state. Despite boasting a roster packed with D-I athletes, the team has limped out to a 6-3 record after going 13-1 a year ago. Linebacker Laron Taylor also verbally committed to Iowa this summer.
"I know that we definitely have not played to the best of our ability," Lile said. "We haven't been much of a team lately. Right now, I would say there has been a lot of individual play. We not going to get anywhere like that. It has to be as a team.
"But the playoffs start this Friday night and I believe we're going to become a team. When we become a team, I believe we'll be unstoppable."
"if we keep going in the playoffs, I might not be able to," he said. "Our playoff games usually are on Saturday or Friday night. I have no problem waiting until after the season."