Josh Clark's Recruiting 'Big Board'

<p>As we get closer and closer to the end of November which signals the true start of ‘football recruiting season', Josh Clark is going to provide us with his ‘Big Board' of recruiting targets for the Hawkeyes. Josh takes a position by position rundown on some of the names that are high on Iowa's list in early November.

QUARTERBACK:

Chase Patton: The 6-4, 200-pound signal caller from Rock Ridge High School in Columbia, Missouri is at or near the top of the Hawkeye wish list. He took an unofficial visit to Iowa for the Michigan game with his father and they had an outstanding time before, during and after the game. Iowa went from being an ‘also ran' with Patton to securing an official visit on 12/5 in what is shaping up as a red letter weekend for Iowa's recruiting efforts this year.

Daryll Clark is also another quarterback that is high on the Hawkeyes' wish list. He is 6-3, 195 and is a ‘dual threat' quarterback, as is Patton. Both of these players can beat you with their arms as well as their legs. Clark will be visiting Iowa the weekend of 12/19.

RUNNING BACK

Raymond Williams might be a name that is new to you, but Josh Clark feels he might climb up the ladder as far as the Hawkeyes are concerned.

The 6-1, 180-pound Williams was just the third running back in Ohio history to gain more than 3,000 yards, doing so in his junior season. This year, Williams has rushed for 1,994 yards and 23 touchdowns. He has a 8.37 yards per carry average, but he is a borderline qualifier, partly due to his high school's grading system. That is the only thing keeping many schools, including Iowa, from offering him a scholarship.

Jason Scales of Des Moines took in the Iowa-Michigan game and told Josh Clark that he was blown away by the experience. Scales' final four schools are Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas and Northwestern, and academics will play a part in his decision, as he wants to major in engineering. Scales' decision will likely come by the end of November, as he plans to enroll for college classes in January, making his recruitment all the more intriguing. He will take a visit to Kansas later this month. He recently rushed for 448 yards, just seven shy of the state record, and nine touchdowns in West Des Moines Valley's 76-42 win over Mason City.

Tom Walls is a fullback from New Jersey that Iowa has offered. He was to have visited Iowa in late September, but that did not take place. He is 6-3, 220-pound FB, LB combo and Boston College may have had the early lead.

WIDE RECEIVER

Dwayne Jarrett and Adrian Arrington are two top-10 receivers and both of them continue to list Iowa among their favorites.

Jarrett visited Iowa City for the Michigan game and Arrington is very familiar with the Hawkeyes, being from Cedar Rapids. USC, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Syracuse are the teams to beat for the talented 6-4-pass catcher.

Arrington is a name that we are all familiar with, but most analysts believe him when he said he wanted to get away from home. However, Iowa has started to narrow that gap with another solid season and national ranking. Michigan and UCLA still appear to be the front-runners, but there is a lot of pressure from the locals to keep Arrington in Iowa.

Octavious Darby is the top tight end prospect on Iowa's board at this time and he took a visit to Iowa City last week for the Penn State game. It was a solid visit, but Iowa is going to have to beat out Florida and Florida State for his services. The South Floridian has always talked highly of Miami, but the Canes have not offered, which is good for Iowa. The last thing Iowa wants to see this year is another Teraz McCray situation.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Though Jeff Byers committed to USC, Iowa still has some solid prospects on their list.

Kyle Mitchum of Erie, PA might be at the top of the list. He visited Iowa City last weekend and was able to spend some extra time with the staff and Robert Gallery as he stayed in town until Monday. He is one of the best linemen in the nation and has visits set for Wisconsin and Tennessee and plans to set something up with Ohio State.

Jeremy Zuttah of Edison, New Jersey is also another top target for the Hawkeyes. He lists Iowa, Ohio State and Virginia Tech as his leaders. Another Garden State prospect, Nyere Aumaitre just visited Nebraska and liked his trip, but said that he will be visiting Iowa in early December and will be joined by his mother, who has a big influence on this young man from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, New Jersey. If that school sounds familiar to you, it should. Iowa just landed teammate Harold Dalton and Iowa assistant Coach Darrell Wilson used to coach there as well.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Dwayne Hendricks and Jariete Buie are Iowa's top targets on the defensive line. The 6-4, 251-pound defensive end from Millville, NJ will be visiting Iowa the weekend of December 12th and is among the top five defensive end prospects in the nation.

Buie lists Iowa, Pittsburgh and South Florida among the schools he will visit and he also has offers from Florida, Florida State and Miami. He attends Armwood High School in Seffner, Florida, the same school that produced current Hawkeyes Antwan Allen and Chris Brevi.

LINEBACKER

With one of the nation's best linebackers in Kyle Williams already in the fold, Iowa still has its sights set on another of the nation's best in James Bryant of Reading, PA. He is 6-3, 240 and probably fits the ‘Mike' linebacker position where as Williams may be a ‘Leo'.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Cortney Grixby and Walner Belleus are two of Iowa's top targets at this time and both are cornerbacks.

Grixby visited Iowa for the Arizona State game. He is the #2 corner in the nation as rated by TheInsiders and though the home state Huskers would seem the logical choice as his brother plays fullback for Nebraska, Grixby told Hawkeye Nation magazine this month that his brother is telling him to follow his own heart.

Belleus is one of the top Juco cornerbacks in the nation and will be in Iowa City this weekend. He comes from Dodge City Community College by way of Immokalee, Florida. Former Hawkeye CJ Jones played for the current Dodge City head coach.


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