Iowa Nabs Draper

Iowa received verbal commitment No. 23 in its 2012 recruiting class on Tuesday when Cleveland CB Sean Draper chose the Hawkeyes ahead of Louisville abd Pittsburgh.

Tony Overton said he and his family had to calm down his nephew, Sean Draper, when the latter returned home from his official visit to Iowa in December.

"He was just so excited," Overton said. "You could see that look in his eye that he saw something special. We wanted to relax him and remind him that he had other visits to take."

Draper, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback from Cleveland's Glenville High, felt the bar was set by his Iowa visit, Overton said. In the end, nobody reached the height of the Hawkeyes.

"It's like a heavyweight title fight," Overton said. "You have to knock out the champ to beat the champ. Nobody knocked Iowa out."

Draper will be part of a Wednesday morning ceremony where athletes from Glenville and elsewhere in the conference will sign their national letters of intent, Overton said.

"I think the biggest factor in (Draper's) decision was that he was going to play for a great coach in Coach (Kirk) Ferentz," Overton said. "It's a stable program in a great conference. He wants to be one of the best cornerbacks in the country, and Iowa gives him the best opportunity to make that happen."

Overton commended Louisville and Pittsburgh for their recruitment of Draper.

"They did a great job with him and this decision is nothing against them," Overton said. "He liked his visits to Louisville and Pitt and there were a lot of things that he liked about the schools. But he didn't have the same glow in his eye as when he got back from Iowa."

Overton said he liked that Ferentz told the family that his son, Steven, would be walking onto the program next season. That let them know that the coach was committed to staying at Iowa.

"We also liked Phil Parker a lot," Overton said. "I've known him for a while. We trust him."

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