Crowd Impresses Wilbon

Despite Iowa experiencing a rough night on the field, 2014 Chicago RB Mikale Wilbon was impressed by what the Hawkeyes had in the stands.

Mikale Wilbon is searching for a place with an electric atmosphere. The Class of 2014 running back found it in Iowa City on Saturday.

"The student section before the game started, they were real loud," Wilbon said. "The whole fan base was crazy from the beginning until the end."

The Hawkeyes experienced a rough night in a 38-14 loss to Penn State. The crowd's involvement during a blowout might have most impressed Wilbon.

"The fan base is crazy," he said. "That's the reason why I'll probably go back again. Even though they lost, their fans were still loud."

Iowa last month offered a scholarship to the Chicago De La Salle ball carrier.

"So, far I like them a lot," Wilbon said of the Hawkeyes. "As soon as Coach (Lester) Erb offered me, we've been building a relationship. We've just stayed in contact."

Purdue also has offered Wilbon (5-9, 192) a ride.

"My coach told me that Arizona State said they will offer this week," he said.

Michigan State, Ohio State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Minnesota are showing interest in Wilbon, he said.

"Before the season ends, I want to see Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue,' he said. "Then, I'll visit more schools after the season."

Wilbon said he'll likely wait until his senior season before committing to a college.

"Right now, I'm just evaluating schools," he said. "I want to see academically how things are for athletes. I want to get a good feel for the schools and the people."

Wilbon would prefer to stay close to home for college, but he's open to moving away from the Midwest.

"That's one of the main factors," he said. "I want my mom and dad to come to my games. But if I feel comfortable at a campus that's a ways away, I'll go there and my mom and dad are going to have to find a way to get there."

Wilbon gets recognized for his speed (4.42, 40), but he feels he's a complete back.

"I can do it all," he said. "Not to be cocky, but I can catch it, I have speed, I'm elusive, I'm strong and I have a low center of gravity. I can do a lot."

Erb made it clear that he'd like Wilbon to do those things in Iowa City.

"I was watching the running backs warm up with him and he said I would look good in black and gold," Wilbon said. "The whole experience was great. I like the coaching staff."

While it could be a while before Wilbon commits, Iowa appears to possess the components he's seeking.

The coaching staff and the fan base are the most important things to me," he said. "I want the crowd to be loud. I also look at the offense teams run. I'm looking for a pro style or a spread offense where they get running backs the ball."

The Hawkeyes run a pro-style offense.


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