Iowa has dipped into Texas and grabbed two players in each of the last two recruiting cycles. It set out to increase that number for the Class of 2015.
One of the Hawkeyes top targets in the Lone Star State's junior class is running back Aca'cedric Ware. Scout.com ranks the Cedar Hill High standout as the nation's 50th-best ball carrier in '15.
Ware reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Clemson, Florida, Houston, Maryland, Mississippi, Northwestern, SMU and and Texas Tech. Auburn and Oklahoma are among a group of schools showing him interest.
The Hawkeyes hold a place in Ware's current Top 5. They're joined by Auburn, Clemson, Ole Miss and Oklahoma, he said.
"Iowa is a great school. I love the coaching staff and I love the fact that they run the ball a lot," Ware said. "I talk to my man Coach (LeVar) Woods the most. He is a good guy. He's straight forward, we communicate well, and he always checks up on me. He's basically an all-around good coach."
Ware (6-foot, 196 pounds) said he would be in Iowa City for the Hawkeyes Spring Scrimmage on April 26.
"The (Iowa) coaches say they like my running style. They like that I'm an all- around back, not just one-sided. I can run through people and around people," Ware said.
Ware is considering majors in mechanical engineering, technical engineering, and architecture. He said a strong academic reputation and early playing time are two of the most important things he's looking for in a college.
Ware rushed for about 1,289 yards this season on a team that had two senior backs combined for almost 2,000 yards on the ground. Ware netted more than half of his yards in the playoffs and averaged 9.27 yards per carry as a junior.
Ware is scheduled to visit Auburn for its spring game on April 19.