Canaan Cox spent his entire sophomore season sitting on the sideline with an injury. However, his junior season was an entire different story.
Cox racked up 2,343 rushing yards and 37 total touchdowns during a season in which he was named an all-stater. He averaged 182 yards per game and a whopping 9.6 yards per carry.
Cox said he was contacted by recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell the week before Iowa's game against Nebraska. He called to invite him up for an unofficial visit and Cox jumped on it.
"Tremendous", Cox told Scout in regards to the visit. "I have never experienced that kind of atmosphere at a football game. From the amazing fans and noise they make, to how perfect the facilities were. That visit really stunned me as to how good of a school and program the University of Iowa is."
Cox not only thinks highly of the Hawkeyes, but has family ties to the state as well.
"My moms and her family are from Iowa and most of it resides in Iowa. So i have been to the state frequently and grown to love it," he admitted.
Cox also admitted that it was nice to see Iowa whip up on the neighboring Nebraska Cornhuskers.
"I know that they all (family) despise anything to do with Nebraska. And i for one have never liked Nebraska either. So it was really great seeing them beat Nebraska that bad. And it was great seeing how dominant their run game is and how efficient their O-line is," he told Scout on Tuesday night.
Cox likes the fact that both Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels are going to go over 1,000 yards. And as a running back, why wouldn't you?
"You cannot ask for a better offensive line that Iowa has," he said. "They are also going to finish with two 1,000 yard rushers and that is extremely attractive."
He's yet to really pick up any steam in the recruiting trail, but does have some interest from Furman, James Madison, and Richmond.
Canaan also told me that he has quit the other two sports he plays (soccer and wrestling) to dial his focus in on football and football only.
As far as he and Iowa go, he said he will be back to Iowa City.
"I will definitely be back to Iowa. An offer from Iowa is my top goal right now. You can't get better than Iowa," exclaimed Cox.
As far as future goals are concerned, he knows exactly where he wants to be entering his senior season.
"I will be no less that 180 pounds and I want to cut my 40 down to a high 4.3. I'm at a 4.45 right now," he admitted. He'd also like to see his vertical soar above 40" (he's at 39" right now) and wants to rush for over 3,000 yards in his senior season.
From the sounds of it, he ultimately just has one goal on his mind. And that is to receive an offer from the Hawkeyes.
"If I were to receive an offer from Iowa, I would commit in a heartbeat," he admitted.