Recruiting 101

No one, but Hawk fans, could truly understand how much of an inexact science recruiting really is. After having a promising finish to last year's season, followed by a top 25 recruiting class, who would have expected no commitments to this point? Well, is it reason to be worried after seeing all the other Big Ten schools rack up verbals? I say not to worry........

When is the last time you can remember Iowa being involved with so many of the nation's top recruits so early? Its been a while, and if Iowa is able to have the "surprise" season many of us are expecting and hoping for, imagine the increase of interest you'll see from even more of the nation's top recruits. I'm imaging right now, and its looking VERY good.

Here is the lastest recruiting headlines from Iowa City:

Many in-state prospects were in Iowa City for the opening of practice on Saturday
That list included Chris Felder, Ryan Majerus, Jon Cochran, Calvin Davis, and Warren McDuffie. However, they were the only Seniors who were in attendance. Juniors OL Aaron Brant (6'6 290 Dubuque Walhert) and OL John Tjaden (6'6 270 Mason City) were also at the practice.

Who are these junior prospects???
Both of them made themselves known at Iowa State's camp. That is because Iowa State decided to extend an offer to both of them at this early point. Iowa hasn't done so yet, but may not be far behind. What the funny thing about this, is how Coach Elliot stressed to Chris Felder the reason Blake Larsen and he weren't offered until the spring of their Junior year is that Iowa State does it the "right way." This isn't making Coach Elliot look too good in Chris Felder's eyes right now.

What is the lastest on Chris Felder? Is Iowa in his top three?
Yes, Iowa is in his top three, and in fact, is right up there with Notre Dame as his leader. Chris has cut his list of schools down to five: Iowa, Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, and Iowa State.

Any chance Chris will commit early? Has his teammate, Ryan Majerus, been offered?
There is one factor that could really lead to an early verbal from Chris Felder. That would be an offer to his teammate. Ryan was informed by the staff that they'll make a decision after seeing whether he can dominate the first few games of the season.

Did any prospects have comments about the way Iowa looked?
Actually, Chris Felder is the only one I was able to speak to you. He commented, "Iowa looks very optimistic. There was great interaction between the players and coaches. I could tell that the players were ready to go."

Iowa is expected to make the top five of RB/FB Nate Schiccatano (6'3 222 4.4) from Catawissa, PA.
Nate had this to tell me about Iowa, "They are a very good program. "The coaches were real nice, in fact, I'd have to say they were first class all the way. I really enjoyed the weight room."
An interesting fact is Coach Erb actually has connections close to the area where Nate lives. Nate will be scrimmaging against Coach Erb's former high school, Milton, this Saturday.

Most importantly, has Iowa really picked up two verbals? If not, when will they get their first commitment?
I can tell you that Iowa picked up no verbal commitments from the in-state prospects, who were in attendance on Saturday. Last I heard, late Sunday afternoon, there were no commitments at that time. I'll continue to check into this, but I don't believe there has been a first commitment, yet.
Iowa could pick up a verbal anytime now. The staff is working very hard, and if we are able to start out 4-0, even possibly 3-0, it could really get the ball rolling.

I want to thank all of you that took the time to read this article. There are some very exciting times ahead at, and I hope you all decide to stay on track. Remember, "this is a marathon, not a sprint."

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