Coe Opens It Up

After what's seem to have been a long on-again, off-again relationship with Iowa, Rodney Coe is looking beyond the Hawkeyes for the first time in a while. The DE from Iowa Western updates the latest on his recruitment with Hawkeye Insider.

Last month, Rodney Coe seemed confident that he would continue his football career at Iowa after his two-year stop at Iowa Western Community College ended. That outlook has changed.

"I wouldn't say (the Hawkeyes are) totally out of the picture, but I've talked to Iowa one time since I've been here," the 6-foot-3, 286-pound defensive end said. "I've been talking to a lot of other coaches. It just seems like Iowa isn't interested in me anymore."

In our story with Coe in May, he said that Iowa Western Coach Scott Strohmeier was in contact with the Iowa coaches.

"(Strohmeier) said they're saying that they still want me up there and they want me to come," Coe told us in May. "My coach said we're just going to see how everything goes. If Iowa still keeps the scholarship offer on the table and wants me, that's where I'll be going. If not, I'll open up my recruitment for some other colleges."

Coe signed with Iowa out of high school before needing a stop at Iowa Western to work on academics. He's maintained his allegiance to the Hawkeyes since that time and even switched from running back to defensive end believing that's where the Big Ten school wanted him to play.

Now, the Edwardsville (IL) High product is sensing that Iowa is not looking in his direction any longer. He's going to look around.

"(Strohmeier) told me not to burn my bridges or anything but to keep my options open," Coe said. "He told me I can do what I want, so it's really my decision. I told him that I really want to open my recruitment back up.

"Iowa hasn't really been contacting me. I really don't want to wait until the last second and find out that I can't go there because I don't have a scholarship. I just want to open it back up and see what I can get again."

Since moving to defensive end, Coe has received interest from more schools than he did when playing running back last fall at Western.

"Some of the schools in the area have contacted me," Coe said. "Iowa State is interested. They're telling me that since I'm playing D-End that they interested and I would be a good asset to the team."

Coe said that Kansas and Nebraska also seem interested in his services.

"I have a former teammate at Nebraska (Vincent Valentine). He said I should check that out," Coe said. "A coach from Kansas has talked to one of my teammates here. They said they might be interested."

Coe likes the idea of playing in the Big 12.

"With me playing D-End now, I kind of want to go to the Big 12 where they pass more than the Big Ten," he said. "It'd be nice to play in a league that passes where I can make a name at D-End instead of just playing against running teams."

Coe continues to work on his transition from running back to end, which began in the spring. A strong performance this fall could attract more suitors.

"I feel like I'm getting better with everything," he said. "We're doing a lot of running and agility work and I feel like my footwork is getting better. I feel like I'm making progress every day."

Coe was one of the highest-ranked running backs in the country for the '11 class. He was selected to the U.S. Army All-American game following his senior season at Edwardsville. He worked at linebacker in that contest.

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