Iowa Lands Juco Cover Corner

<p>Walner Belleus is a highly coveted cover cornerback from Dodge City Community College. The Insiders rates him as a four-star prospect. He is 5-11, 190-pounds and runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. And as of Sunday, he is committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

"(The decision) was kind of hard. I just had to make sure that I felt whatever school I chose was going to be the right place for me and that I would feel comfortable" Belleus said. "When I come up there, knowing that I am going to be able to have a chance to play, a real good chance at playing, that was important to me."

Belleus visited Illinois, Arizona State and South Florida before choosing the Hawkeyes. He also had a scholarship offer at one time from Kansas State, but that was before they accepted verbal commitments from two other cornerbacks.

Belleus' man to man skills made him a blue chip prospect, and the fact that he will be able to enroll for the Spring semester and take part in this off season and Spring Football practice is a great plus.

A native of Immokalee, Florida, the fact that there were several Florida natives on the Iowa roster was not lost on Belleus.

"Oh yeah, that was a key thing. Abdul Hodge was my host and he was telling me that they have a lot of Florida kids at Iowa, and that really helped me make my decision."

Sophomore's Antwan Allen and Jovon Johnson started for Iowa last year, with Allen starting for the past two seasons. But the Iowa coaching staff told Belleus that he will have a chance to earn a starting position.

"Yes, they told me that I will have a chance to go out there and compete like everyone else. I like the fact that I will have a fair shot. Nothing was promised to me, and they said I will have to earn everything, but I think they are fair people." Belleus said.

Belleus was able to watch a few of Iowa's game this year and he will be able to see Iowa's next game in person.

"Oh yeah, I am going to the Outback Bowl. I can't wait for that game."

Iowa has played a base 4-3 defense with a cover-two zone over the past several years, something that Belleus was aware of. But during his time at Dodge City, the talented cornerback has been in man to man situations for most of the time.

"We played a lot of man here. I would say about 80-percent man. I really enjoy playing man-to-man defense." Belleus said. "They (Iowa) told me that they would prefer to play more man to man defense, but that they have not felt comfortable doing that with the people they had there."

"They didn't say it as a slight on anyone, just that they went with what they had. They know that I can cover people man to man and that is why I think that I am going to have a shot next year."

It should be noted that Belleus made those comments in a very respectful fashion, as he knows that "nothing is going to be handed to me. I have to work hard to show them that they made a good decision in offering me."


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