Hawkeye Recruiting Notes in Ohio

The state of Ohio has never been a hotbed for the Hawkeyes, but that could be taking a serious change this coming fall. With offers now extended to five Ohio defensive backs, and a few other positions as well, the Hawks could be sitting in a very good position. HTO.com has the latest!

The Hawks have decided to tag team a duo of prospects from Trotwood Madison High School, cornerbacks Zach Logan and TyJuan Jones. In fact, the Hawks were the first school to offer the duo with Illinois and Purdue being the only other two big conference schools to join the picture. Jones and Logan are coached by former Bears linebacker Maurice Bouglass. The Hawks have begun to make an in-road at the school, which is a very good thing, considering they hold one of the best corners in the class of 2006 in Jovani Chappel, who has already been offered by Illinois.

LB/TE Anton Nariniskiy has received a few more offers, from the likes of Northwestern and Boston College. Iowa was his first offer, and Anton is still very high on the Hawkeyes. However, academics will play a big role in his recruitment, and expect both Northwestern and Boston College to receive very strong interest.

Brandon Underwood is one of the fastest rising cornerback prospects in the entire nation. In fact, after his camp performance, he has moved up as high as Cortney Grixby and Brandon Robinson on the Hawkeyes wish list for defensive backs. Even if Ohio State offers Underwood, he is likely to take a strong look out of state. Iowa, Penn State, and Notre Dame are considered the early front runners to take this star away from the Buckeye state.

Iowa also has its eyes set on offensive lineman Chase Clowser. According to some, Clowser may have the most potential of any offensive line prospect in the state of Ohio. At 6'8 320, Clowser is a very intriguing tackle prospect with good mobility. The Hawks will keep close eyes on Chase this fall, especially if prospects such as Kyle Mitchum and Carlos Feliciano elect to go elsewhere.

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