Iowa only called to offer Jeff Byers two days ago, but good news quickly arised. Jeff is a native of Iowa, having lived in Dubuque for six years. His father was raised in Newton, where his grandparents still reside, and his father graduated from Drake University. His sister currently attends Drake University. Expect Byers to complete a visit to Iowa on his summer tour. Below is a report from Jamie Newberg, which should leave many Hawk fans excited.
While it may appear Iowa is doing its homework in being the first offer for Jersey lineman Jessie Miller and Carlos Felianco, Hawk fans must realize these prospects are well known. Academics have held back their cases as nationally pursued players at this time, but in this early stage, they both have tremendous potential to improve their standing. While Iowa loses nothing by offering a scholarship, they did do their homework in knowing it could be beneficial when it comes to them becoming qualified.
A new name surfacing in Big Ten country is Bishop Chatard Defensive End Ryan Baker (6'6 240 4.9). The Indiana prospect has nearly twenty five offers, including Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Stanford, and was visited by Hawkeye coaches. While Iowa has not yet offered, they do have Baker on their watch list.
Iowa assitant Darrell Wilson has spent this week in the Tallahassee/Jacksonville area, including a stop yesterday to Godby High School. Del Miller (5'9 165 4.4) is their top prospect this year, but Iowa is being conserative with wideouts. Coach Shelton Crews has a tremendous junior class upcoming that should produce three or four prospects Iowa will take a strong look at.
After watching film on London Hayes twice, I am starting to believe he could make a case for the best back in Iowa this fall. Both Iowa and Iowa State would have offered by now if it were not for his 1.85 GPA. That is likely go to up after this semester, and London will still have to complete 7 of his 14 core classes next year. He scored an 18 on the ACT his first time, but he will continue to work harder for a better score.