Iowa in on Oregon FB

Iowa's recruiting efforts normally don't lead it into the Northwest. However, the Hawkeyes are eying a prospect from Oregon after receiving his film from a former Hawkeye that resides in the Beaver State.

Former Iowa football players are spread throughout the country. Some of them act as unofficial scouts for the Hawkeyes.

Cliff King, who played fullback at Iowa in the early 1990s, served as honorary captain for a Hawkeye game in 2010. Last fall, he tipped off the program to a couple of prospects in the Northwest.

King has worked for years as a top Nike rep in Oregon. He sent Iowa film on Tigard (OR) High's A.J. Hotchkins, who plays, ironically, fullback.

"I've just been talking with LeVar Woods," Hotchkins said. "They don't typically recruit Oregon. One of my coaches is friends with (King). LeVar Woods came out to visit me and Johnny Ragin."

Hotchkins brings to mind current Iowa back, Mark Weisman.

"They like my physicality and my athleticism at the fullback position," Hotchkins said of the Hawkeyes.

That hybrid spot can prove difficult to recruit as a lot is asked of the position.

"(Woods) talks to me about coming out to camp and proving myself," Hotchkins said. "I'm going to get out to a lot of camps in June. I'm definitely going to Washington's. I'm most likely doing Iowa's. It's kind of hard to get to because it's so far away, but I'm hoping to do Iowa's."

The 6-foot, 230-pound Hotchkins reports a scholarship offer from Idaho. He's hearing from Colorado, Boise State, California, Hawaii and Washington State, he said.

"Cal has been in contact with me a lot recently," Hotchkins said. "They want my transcripts."

Washington played host to Hotchkins last weekend on his second visit to the school. He saw Idaho two weeks ago and also has unofficially tripped to Oregon State.

"I'm not sure how many more unofficial visits I'm going to go on," Hotchkins said. "I may just wait until my senior year and take my officials."

Some schools feel Hotchkins could play linebacker at the next level. He's switching to that position this fall after lining up at defensive end a year ago. He believes he'll be on offense in college, however.

"I feel like I'm a guy that likes contact," Hotchkins said. "I have good speed. I can catch the ball out of the backfield. I have good hands. I feel like I'm a good all-around football player. I can do a little bit of everything out of the backfield."

Hotchkins estimates his 40-yard dash time at about 4.7 seconds.

Hotchkins, who is considering a psychology major in college, feels like he would be a good fit in the Iowa offense.

"That's another thing that me and Coach Woods talked about," he said. "He told me that they do a little bit of everything. They mostly lead block but they catch the ball out of the backfield. They run the ball some. We run a pro-style offense at my high school, so it's the same."


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