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The memory of Devin Gardner moving freely behind his offensive line became etched in the minds of Iowa fans. The Hawkeyes helplessly pursued the Michigan quarterback for what seemed like minutes. He ended up throwing a touchdown pass after a receiver finally broke free.
The play served as the extreme example of Iowa's inability to pressure signal callers last season. The Hawkeyes have moved linebackers like Melvin Spears and Nate Meier up to defensive end in hopes of locating a rush. They've also zeroed in on a large number of edge prospects in recruiting after being shut out in the 2013 class.
Here's a look at some defensive linemen with Iowa offers and interest:
Matt Nelson, 6-8, 240, DE, Cedar Rapids (IA) Xavier - The top in-state prospect still left of the board, Nelson fills a need and is in the Hawkeyes' backyard. Nelson holds Division I basketball offers and just is scratching the surface of his immense football talent. Iowa is working very hard here but will have to fight of some stiff competition from schools like Notre Dame and Stanford, who already are in with offers.
Solomon Thomas, 6-3, 245, DE, Coppell (TX) High - Scout's fourth-ranked end already boasts offers from a long list of schools that include powers like LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas and Texas A&M. He doesn't do a lot of interviews and isn't big on the recruiting process, so it's hard to get a read on what he's thinking.
Dewayne Hendrix, 6-4, 235, DE, O'Fallon (IL) High - The Hawkeyes were one of the first schools to offer this talented end. His recruitment has since blown up with the likes of Florida, Ohio State and USC jumping in with him. You'd like to think that Iowa's work in building a relationship with Hendrix will help but it's not often the Hawks out duel the big boys for out-of-state studs.
Sione Teuhema, 6-4, 215, DE, Keller (TX) High - Teuhema burst onto the scene a little later than most highly-regarded prospects but has made up ground with offers from LSU, Oklahoma and Texas in addition to Iowa. The interesting dynamic here is that he's a package deal with his brother, Tristan Teuhema, an offensive lineman in the 2015 class. Most of the schools, including the Hawkeyes, have offered both siblings.
Silvester Hayes, 6-3, 214, DE, Dallas South Oak Cliff High - As you can see, Iowa is active in the Lone Star State. Hayes picked up an early Hawkeye offer and also reports opportunities from 10 other schools, including Texas Tech and Utah. Iowa landed Oak Cliff receiver Anjeus Jones in the '13 class and has a good relationship with the coaches at the school.
Kurt Holuba, 6-3, 235, DE, Bergen Catholic (Oradell, NJ) - Iowa jumped in with an offer earlier this month with a prospect that has seen his recruitment steadily build throughout the spring. He also picked up offers from Florida State, Michigan State, Arizona, Georgia Tech and others. He's been focused on his Lacrosse season and hasn't spent much time on recruiting so he's a hard read at this point.
Terrence Harris, 6-3, 250, DE, Paramus (NJ) Catholic - Another East Coast end who picked up an Iowa offer this month. The Hawkeyes represented the first BCS level program to put forth an opportunity. Harris is raw but has a nice ceiling. Iowa needs to get him on campus and continue the push against other bigger programs likely to jump in here.
Deonte Holden, 6-4, 205, DE, Dematha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) - Holden is very similar to Harris in that he's a work in progress with the canvas to become very successful at the next level. The Hawkeyes offered in early April. Stanford and Virginia are among a group of schools that followed suit.
Peyton Newell, 6-3, 280, DE-DT, Hiawatha (KS) Sr. High - The versatile Newell could end up anywhere along the line at the next level. Iowa has been recruiting him for as long as anyone and offered early. He has visited Iowa City. He and his family really enjoy the recruiting process and they haven't tipped their hand as to where he could end up. The competition here is stiff with schools like Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and USC among the schools that have offered.
Chris Nelson, 6-3, 274, DT, Lakeland (FL) Victory Christian Academy - The Hawkeyes last week offered Nelson, who de-committed from Virginia in April. New Iowa linebackers coach Jim Reid has a connection to Nelson from his time with the Cavaliers. Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Pittsburgh and South Florida are among the other schools that have offered Nelson scholarships.
Jemal Averette, 6-2, 285, DT, (Olney, MD) Our Lady Good Counsel High - Iowa and Toledo are the only schools to have pulled the trigger with offers for Averette. The tackle wants to visit Iowa City and plans to camp at Penn State. Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech also are in the picture here.
Other Possibilities Awaiting Iowa Offer - Andrew Stelter, DE, MN; Jonathan Bonner, DE, MO; Harrison Phillips, DE, NE; Mick Stoltenberg, DE, NE; Matt Swaine, DE, IL; Jack Wynne, DE, CT.
Off the Board - Lawrence Marshall (Michigan), Dylan Thompson (Ohio State).