Two New Iowa Commitments: Where they Fit In

In what will be a regular feature on Hawkeyenation.com after the Iowa football program receives verbal commitments this winter, we take a look at how the new additions to the team could affect the depth chart for the years to come, and in the case of cornerback Walner Belleus, possibly on the field in 2004.

The commitment of cover corner Walner Belleus is a great get for the Iowa football program as they look to take their defense to the next level.

What I mean by that is that Iowa knows they have to find cornerbacks that can at least hold their own in man to man coverage schemes. ‘Dos Parker', Iowa Defensive Coordinator Norm Parker and Defensive Backs coach Phil Parker have done a great job of scheming over the past few years with the players that they had available to them. They basically devised a scheme that fit the strengths of their players, as opposed to fitting the player to a specific scheme.

But I don't think there is any question that Iowa would love to play more man to man defense and at the least, be able to mix the ‘looks' that they can give to their opponents.

Landing Belleus might be the start of that process, as he played man to man at least 80-percent of the time at Dodge City Community College and is considered among the top Juco corners in all the land.

Another benefit is that he will enroll at Iowa for the Spring semester and will take part in Spring drills and also spend some time in the film room this winter.

Iowa's coaches told Belleus that he will have a chance to compete for a starting job next year. This means that two-year starter Antwan Allen will have to work extremely hard this off season, in my opinion, as his man to man coverage skills are not as good as Jovon Johnson's, in my estimation.

If Belleus comes in and proves to be the better player, he will play. It is as simple as that. You need look no further than Chad Greenway supplanting senior Kevin Worthy in the starting lineup this year to know that the Iowa coaching staff is going to put the best players on the field.

Maybe this will serve as extra motivation for Allen this off season to really elevate his game. It's a win-win situation for the Hawkeyes, as no matter who starts next year, they have just added more depth at the corner position for the next two seasons, something they desperately needed.

With the commitment of Shonn Greene, Iowa gets a running back that was offered by Wisconsin and Clemson and the Hawkeyes continue to harvest the Garden State of New Jersey.

Greene was an All-Area second team selection in Philadelphia in 2002. The first team selection was current Hawkeye Albert Young.

Green ran for over 1,500 yards as a junior after rushing for 1,200 yards as a sophomore. The 5-11 ½, 200-pound Greene topped the 1,000 yard mark again this year. He reportedly has 4.45 speed in the 40-yard dash.

He said that he is not planning on taking any other visits now that he has committed to Iowa.

Iowa will still look to add one more running back this year. Parish Fisher of Texas is the player they would most like to see fill that spot, but he might not make it to Iowa as Kansas State is now his leader. But getting Greene in the fold was very, very important.

Jermelle Lewis has one more year remaining at Iowa and all indications are that Albert Young will be his backup. Young redshirted this year after breaking a bone in his leg in August. He was the #2 running back at the time behind Fred Russell.

Behind those two are junior's to be Marcus Schnoor and Marques Simmons. Greene is likely to redshirt this year.

Hawkeyenation.com will continue to update you on the recruiting process up until signing day, which is the first Wednesday in February.


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