Weekend Recruiting Wrap

Drawing from information dug up by Josh Clark, the HTO Staff and the entire TheInsiders.com network, HawkTalkOnline.com presents the Weekend Recruiting Wrap. This new feature gives subscribers the most timely, complete and "inside" post-weekend recruiting wrap-up available anywhere, with quotes and comments from several prospects very much at the heart of Iowa's wish lists.

This weekend marks the first major period for prospects to make official visits to Iowa City. The Iowa staff has invited and received RSVP's from a number of highly ranked prospects on their wish list to come watch the Hawkeyes host Arizona State.

Highland HS (Ewing, Mo.) WR-CB Jerrill Humphrey told Josh Clark that he'll be among those in town.

"We are going up to Iowa this weekend," said Richie Humphrey, Jerrill's uncle. "We hear it is supposed to be a pretty good game against Arizona State.

"Iowa has always been there," Humphrey continued, "but then just really jumped in there with an offer just recently."

In fact, the Hawks have made a big move on Jerrill's list, but there are still two other programs who figure to be very difficult to beat for Humphrey.

"Missouri and Kansas State have always been at top of the pack, and whether Iowa joins those two will depend on the visit," said Humphrey. "I would not expect any decision right after the visit. Jerrill is going to see how things play out."

Jerrill has been on the campus of Missouri on several occassions, and visited Kansas State this past summer.

Elkhorn Valley (Tilden, Neb.) LB-TE Clayton Sievers is also moving forth with his scheduled official visit to Iowa City this weekend.

"I just got off the phone with Coach (Reese) Morgan and we went over the plan for this weekend," said Scott Sievers, Clayton's father. "Arizona State has shown some interest in Clayton, as well, so we are looking forward to a good ball game."

Clayton has narrowed his choices to Nebraska and Iowa and he anticipates making a mid- to late-season decision.

"Those are two really good programs both having tremendous coaches. It is a good situation for him to be in to pick between such good programs," said Scott Sievers. "It'll probably be a bit harder to tell the Nebraska coaches "no" with his older brother there and all, but I expect Clayton to do whatever is best for himself."

This recruitment looks to have the theme of coming down to the last minute!

Who else is on the guest list for this Saturday in Iowa City? TE Tom Santi, OT Kyle Mitchum, QB Nick Patton, OT Brett Gallimore, OLB Maurice Cantrell and perhaps OC Jeff Byers.

Unconfirmed attendees of Saturday's Iowa-ISU game included WDM Valley RB Jason Scales and Cantrell.

Williams takes unofficial visit to Columbus

From BuckNuts.com ... Ohio State welcomed in one of the nation's top prospects in Bolingbrook, Ill., running back/linebacker Kyle Williams for the N.C. State game.

Williams (6-2, 219, 4.47) is ranked as the nation's 18th-best prospect (No. 1 in Illinois) and as the country's fourth-best linebacker.

"It was cool," Williams said after returning home from an unofficial visit to OSU for the dramatic triple overtime win over N.C. State. "I liked the game and the stadium. It was exciting.

"I liked how the team played. They showed good team chemistry. They had a good attitude. They could have broken up in that situation, but they didn't. I also liked the facilities there. I took a nice tour of the campus."

Williams came to OSU one day after helping Bolingbrook post a 55-8 win over Romeoville. He had 22 carries for 170 yards and three touchdowns on offense and 12 tackles on defense. He had 88 tackles and six sacks as a junior.

"I like (OSU assistant Tim) Spencer," Williams said. "He's pretty cool. I also like Coach (Mark) Snyder, the linebackers coach, and the defensive coordinator (Mark Dantonio)."

Williams said he doesn't have a preference for his position in college.

"They are recruiting me on defense, but they haven't seen me run the ball yet," Williams said. "Maybe they'll look at me there. I really don't care where I play as long as I'm on the field. I think I could make an impact on both sides."

Williams, who holds a 2.52 core GPA, still lists Iowa as a slight favorite. He has one official visit set to Oregon for Jan. 9. Other schools in the running to get visits include OSU, Miami (Fla.), USC, Kansas State and Purdue, Williams said.

"Those are pretty much my top schools right now," he said.

Updates on two more football prospects

Chicago Hubbard HS DB Nate Lyles is emerging as much as any other defensive back in the nation into his rightful spot as one of the Top 20 players at his position. The dynamic performer continues to see his offer list expand, and hear schools tell him that he'll be their next offer.

"I've received calls from my offers: Notre Dame, Northwestern, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin," Lyles said. "I also am hearing from Nebraska and Michigan, and they both say they will be offering soon. I'm staying open right now, and not eliminating anyone. Everyone is in the same ball park."

Has Lyles begun to set up any official visits?

"No, I have not set any visits yet. I will start to do that soon, but right now I'm not sure on what schools I want to visit."

Meanwhile, Omaha Central RB-DB Brandon Gunn has not had a pleasant start to the fall as his team fell to 0-2 on the season with a loss this past Friday to Millard North and Iowa verbal Adam Shada. Still, on the recruiting front he has plenty to be happy about with the amount of offers he holds.

"I've heard from all the schools that have offered me," Brandon said. "Right now, I'm in the process of narrowing my list a bit, and setting up some official visits."

There are a few schools standing out on Gunn's list currently, though.

"I'm really starting to like Kansas State," said Gunn. "I'd like to take a trip down there, and I'm still seriously considering Nebraska, UCLA, Colorado and Iowa. I have not ruled out any schools -- I'm even suppose to visit Iowa State, but those schools stand out a bit right now."

And of course, our friend SATHAWKEYE/RiverWalkHawk has released his post-weekend update on how a number of players with Iowa offers have been performing on the field. This weekend's edition is right here.

Ratliff spurns Hawks for Hoosiers

Iowa's 2003-04 basketball recruiting class was dealt a major blow over the weekend when guard A.J. Ratliff North Central (Indianapolis) verbally committed to Indiana on Saturday night.

Earlier in the month, Ratliff confirmed that he'd also be in Iowa City for an official visit this upcoming weekend, but now those plans are cloudy at best.

"The more I thought about it, the more I just felt this was the best place for me to play," Ratliff told the Indianapolis Star. "Indiana has a great class and I just wanted to be a part of it.

The newspaper reported that Ratliff planned to speak with Iowa coach Steve Alford about his decision over the weekend.

"That will be the hardest call I've ever had to make," Ratliff told the Star. "Coach Alford has been recruiting me hard, but I had to make what I believe is the best decision for me."

Contributing: Josh Clark, Steve Helwagen, Dave Telep and Jamie DeMoney.


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