Iowa Involved with Former Temple Commit

Iowa continues to seek speed and athleticism at the linebacker position and has targeted South Florida prospect Adrienne Talan. The senior spoke with HI about his conversations with the staff and what former Hawkeye player the coaches tell him he compares to.

Adrienne Talan was flipping around his TV channels last New Year's Day. He came across the Outback Bowl pitting Iowa against LSU.

Talan took notice of Hawkeye linebacker Christian Kirksey. He saw a lot of himself in the Iowa senior.

As fate would have it, Hawkeye Linebacker Coach LeVar Woods noticed the same similarities between Talan and Kirksey. Iowa has used that comparison in their recruitment of the Fort Lauderdale Flanagan High product.

"I really like Christian Kirksey. Coach Woods has told me that the way I play I compare to him. Now, I watch him play in Cleveland. It's pretty nice," the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Talan said.

Talan verbally pledged to Temple in February but said he was no longer committed to the Owls. He said he was open to all schools recruiting him and reported offers from Oregon State, Iowa, Cincinnati, Purdue and TCU, among others.

"I'm still considering Temple," Talan said. " A lot of schools have offered. I hear from them and then I don't hear from them. Maybe because it's in the season. I don't know.

"When the season is over, I can get a better look at things and see where I'm going (to visit)."

Talan said he will take officials after the season. Iowa will be one of the stops, he said.

"I know they play good football. (Flanagan) Coach (Devin) Butch always tells me that." Talan said.

Hawkeye Recruiting Coordinator Seth Wallace visited Talan at Flanagan High during Iowa's recent bye week.

"He was just telling me that Iowa was really interested in me and that he had been watching my game film and he really likes how I play. We talked about me putting together a Top 5 for after the season and he said he hoped they were in it," Talan said.

Wallace impressed Talan by showing up in South Florida.

"When schools come from way out of the way to come to your games or practices and actually come and watch, those are the schools that really want you. I want a good relationship with the coaches so I know I can trust them and they can trust me," he said.

Flanagan lines up Talan at middle linebacker and defensive end. He reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and competes in sprints along with the long and triple jumps for the track team.

"I think I go get the quarterback pretty well. Most people say that I'm real athletic. I also think I play physical," he said.

Talan, who is leaning towards a Engineering major in college, knows what he will be looking for when he begins taking his official visits.

"Family first. I want to play with guys that want it just as bad as me. You're not playing for yourself. You're playing for everybody. It's like a love thing going on," he said.

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