A stellar sophomore season brought a lot of attention Mikale Wilbon's way. The Chicago De La Salle running back has collected a dozen scholarship offers.
Iowa was one of the first schools to jump in the mix with the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder, extending him an offer in early September. He visited the school the following month.
"Iowa, in my eyes, is going stand out with me because of their running-game approach," Wilbon said. "So, they will be in the mix."
As a sophomore, Wilbon carried 215 times for 1,634 yards and 14 touchdowns. A knee sprain limited him to four games as a junior. He finished with 863 yards and 12 touchdowns in those contests.
Wilbon reports scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi State, Purdue, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin are among the schools showing him interest.
Despite boasting a long list of offers, Wilbon doesn't plan to start narrowing things down until the summer. He excpects to make his decision after his senior season.
"He's really cool and he is excited about me," Wilbon said. "Their whole staff is."
Wilbon also is hearing from Hawkeye Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.
"He's a nice guy, too," Wilbon said. "He sends me letters, also. He really shows that he is involved and really likes how I play."
Wilbon said he is going to visit Iowa for a spring practice later this month.
The Hawkeyes signed three running backs in each of the last two recruiting cycles. One of them, Greg Garmon, transferred in December.
"Early playing time is the most important thing for me," Wilbon said. "That's why I look at the depth at the running back position at every school that offers. I haven't checked out who's on (the Hawkeyes) running back roster yet, but it plays a big part to me, whoever is in that category."
When Wilbon would join the team in 2014, barring injury, transfer or position changes, the Hawkeyes would have eight scholarship running backs on the roster.