Higdon Decides to Join Hawkeyes

Iowa received some much-needed good news Tuesday night when running back Karan Higdon verbally committed to the school. The Florida product spoke with HI about his decision to join the Hawkeyes.

Karan Higdon thought his future was decided in January when he verbally committed to the University of South Florida. As time went on, doubts crept into his head. By April, he was looking around.

Higdon remained pledged to the Bulls until earlier this month. The Sunshine State running back couldn't stop thinking about the official visit to Iowa he took in the middle of September, however.

Higdon left Iowa City thinking the Hawkeyes felt like home. He exhibited patience, though. He already had committed somewhere once before his feelings changed.

"I thought about it pretty hard. If I didn't think about it, I probably would have committed to Iowa the next day after my official visit. It was just that great," he said.

"But I thought about every aspect of everything since then, things I never thought about before, and at the end of the day I came to the conclusion that Iowa was clearly the place I wanted to be."

Higdon told the Iowa coaches Tuesday night that he wanted to be a Hawkeye. He also considered seeing Kentucky and Arkansas but decided against it.

"I know that I'm not going to be visiting any other schools. I am closing my recruitment," he said.

Scout.com ranked the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Higdon as the nation's No. 66 running back in the class of 2015. He rushed for 987 yards and 15 touchdowns despite missing three games as a junior.

Higdon was sold on how Iowa uses its running backs.

"I love the pro-set. I love sitting behind the fullback in the I-formation. For me, it's more than what I can ask for. I've liked that since I was young and to be a part of something like that will be very special to me," he said.

Higdon said he felt an overwhelming comfort level when visiting Iowa City.

"The people that surround the program were just amazing to me. They seem like individuals that want to help you. They're very genuine with the way they are towards you. They're supportive," he said.

"The school itself is amazing. They have great academics. Their teacher-student ratio is awesome. They have a great tradition there. And the coaches, out of all things, were the best that I've met as a whole."

One of the toughest aspects of saying yes to the Hawkeyes was saying no to South Florida. He grew up in Sarasota, not far from the Bulls campus in Tampa.

"The coaching staff at USF, they're great people. They're great to be around. It just wasn't home for me. I didn't really feel comfortable at the university," the Riverview High product said.

"I just prayed about it numerous times and thought about it. Committing once, you learn different things about the recruiting process. I took those tools that I learned and implemented them and used them to help me with this decision. I was very at ease when I felt in my heart that Iowa was the place I wanted to be."

Higdon is expecting an adjustment moving halfway across the country.

"I've never been around snow but I look forward to it," he said.

Higdon will have help in making the transition. Leesburg (FL) High receiver Adrian Falconer also is an Iowa verbal in '15. They could have a third player from the state join them with the Hawkeyes as Largo safety Jonathan Crawford officially visited the school with them on Sept. 14.

"Me, him and Adrian all had a great time on our official visits. He told me to let him know when I commit and I'll text him tonight. I'll reach out to him but I'm not going to try to persuade him because I know how it is to have different people in your ear. I would want him to make the decision based off of what he wants. He should do what's in his heart not base it off of my situation," Higdon said.

Higdon became Iowa's 16th known verbal pledge in the '15 Class. He's the school's first running back commitment in the cycle.


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