Signed: Iowa DB Djimon Colbert

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COMMIT DATE: March 6, 2016


EVALUATION: Colbert burst onto the scene as a freshman playing cornerback, earning national honors and accolades for his play on the island. As he has matured he has grown into a safety and that position fits him perfectly. As a junior you will find him playing on both sides of the ball. He has great size and length at the position and has shown that he has the ball skills and ball tracking skills to be a natural coverage style safety. Although Colbert is not a player who is going to light up the stopwatches, he is very instinctive and he will close quickly on the football. - Midlands Analyst Greg Powers

RECRUITMENT: Colbert was someone that wanted to end his recruiting process early and wanted to have it wrapped up sooner than later, as did his father. He and his father tag-teamed his recruitment and swiftly but thoroughly surveyed all the options that were on the table. His choices were Nebraska and Kansas in addition to the Hawkeyes. The Huskers would have liked to have his services but Iowa won out for him. Iowa's efforts were aided substantially by Aaron Mends who was a former teammate of Djimon Colbert at Winnetonka High in Kansas City, Missouri. Colbert did finish up his high school career in Kansas for Bishop Miege.  

OUTLOOK: I watched Colbert in action several times in-person myself and I think Powers is right on the mark in his evaluation. He's not a burner but he's fast enough for the position and does close very well. His instincts are fantastic, he's been well-coached already, and he has well-above range. Colbert can also come downhill and deliver a pop in the running game when needed as well. He also has cornerback-type length which is going to be intriguing to see how that benefits him in the secondary. I think he plays right away. The three secondary prospects that have the best shot to do so are Hankins, Colbert and Creamer in my opinion. 


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