Hawks on Holland

Iowa continues to work hard in the Washington D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area on the recruiting trail. A Hawkeye scholarship went out to defensive end Jonathan Holland this week and the Scout.com three-star is strongly considering the Big Ten school.

Iowa performed well in the DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area during the last recruiting cycle. The Hawkeyes have hit the area hard again in the 2015 Class.

Iowa extended several scholarship offers in the DMV this week alone. One of them was delivered to talented defensive end Jonathan Holland, a Scout.com three-star prospect from The Bullis School in Potomac, MD.

"They visited me (Monday) and then called (Bullis) Coach (Patrick) Cilento (Tuesday) and he told me they wanted to offer me," the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Holland said.

At that time, Holland already reported scholarship offers from, among others, Clemson, Georgia, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Virginia. It appeared to be a tough group for the Hawkeyes to crack.

"I am considering them because a lot of the DMV guys have gone there and committed and have had nothing but great things to say about Iowa," Holland said.

Holland works out at the same facility used by '14 Hawkeyes signees Omar Truitt and Miles Taylor. Assistant Chris White mines the DMV for Iowa.

"I talk to him every day. I think he's a really cool guy and he's down to earth. I appreciate the offer he gave me and I think he's a great coach, also," Holland said.

Holland said he's spoken with White about visiting Iowa.

"We haven't settled on a date. I will sometime soon, hopefully," Holland said.

Holland said he has visited Indiana, Wake Forest, Boston College, West Virginia and Pittsburgh. He has scheduled a trip to Penn State for this weekend.

"I'm wide open," Holland said when asked if he had any leaders.

Holland said he hopes to commit before the start of his high school football season this fall. He has ideas about what he seeks in a college.

"I'm looking for a school that has great academics and great football. I want a place that has a good business program because I plan to major in International business. I want a place that I fit in and a place where I like my position coach and the whole staff," Holland said.

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