Higdon Aiming to Start This Fall

Despite the best efforts of other schools to flip Karan Higdon from his Iowa commitment, the Florida running back plans to sign with the Hawkeyes on Wednesday. And when he arrives in Iowa City, he wants to be the main man carrying the ball.

Michigan and other schools are testing Karan Higdon's Iowa allegiance. With less than a week until national signing day, the Florida running back is set to pass with flying colors.

New Wolverines Coach Jim Harbaugh became the latest to attempt flipping Higdon. Arkansas' Bret Bielema and Mark Stoops of Kentucky also took their shots. Their overtures backfired.

"I believe that life should be lived with no regrets. To me, I just feel like it's another lesson when I hear what other coaches and schools have to say. It just confirms to me that I made the right choice committing to Iowa," the Sarasota (FL) Riverview High standout said.

Higdon (5-10, 190) said he would be signing his letter of intent at 8 a.m. ET Wednesday.

"I'm most definitely excited. I've been excited from the start. I'm ready to officially become a Hawkeye," he said.

Scout.com ranks Higdon as its No. 2 running back in Florida and No. 84 nationally in the Class of 2015. He's Iowa's only ball carrier committed in this cycle after the program brought in just one in '14, C.J. Hilliard.

An early opportunity for playing time appears there for Higdon. He certainly sees it.

"That's the idea. I'm not going there to red shirt. I'm not going there to sit on the bench and wait to play towards the end of the season. I'm going in there looking for a starting job to take. I believe that's the idea of the coaches and that's what they see happening for me. I'm willing to work to make that happen," he said.

In 2014, the Hawkeyes employed four running backs - Mark Weisman, Jordan Canzeri, Damon Bullock and Akrum Wadley - all of whom filled different roles. In addition, Jonathan Parker ran the ball on jet sweeps and LeShun Daniels was involved until a regular-season ending injury in Game 4.

Weisman and Bullock exhausted their eligibility in '14. Canzeri, a senior, and Daniels, a junior, headed into winter workouts as upperclassmen.

Higdon hopes to consolidate what Iowa is doing in the backfield.

"I feel like I fit perfectly. In recent years, they've had to have different backs to do different things. They had to have all different backs to do all the different jobs. I feel like I'm the perfect fit because I can do all those things. I can be an every-down back. They won't have to pull me out for a play and bring in another back to run a certain play," he said.

Higdon committed to South Florida last winter before re-opening his recruitment in the fall. The Hawkeye staff picked up its pursuit of him and played host to him on an official visit in September. He pledged to the Big Ten school a month later.

"I would say that my relationship with them has become even closer from when I was getting recruited by them ever since I committed. They're real family oriented as a team and that starts with the coaches. My relationship with Coach (Chris) White and Coach (Kirk) Ferentz definitely has grown. Even the other assistant coaches, like Coach (Seth) Wallace, we've all become really tight. So, it's a pretty cool deal," he said.

Higdon has a plan for signing day and what it means to him.

"I'm going to dress up in my Iowa colors, take out that letter and sign it. It will be a definite relief. I'll be the first individual in my family to go to college. To me, that's a big accomplishment in my life and for my family. It's definitely a blessing in my eyes," he said.


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