Hawkeyes Impress Texas Defensive Tackle

Iowa battled Missouri for Texas cornerback Charles Godfrey, is in a battle with Kansas State for Parrish Fisher and now the Hawkeyes are engaged in a battle with the Kansas Jayhawks for defensive tackle James McClinton. McClinton, having already visited Kansas back in November, returned from his official visit to Iowa this weekend.

"I had a good visit," said McClinton. "They have great fan support, and they are a winning team. I really liked the coaching staff, and the players accepted me. I was hosted by George Eshareturi."

James McClinton had a solid senior season at Lakeview Centennial High School (Garland, Texas), a school that participates in Texas' largest classification, class 5A.

He earned Co-Defensive MVP honors in his district and was 1st team all district.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram named McClinton as one of the Top 100 players in the state of Texas earlier this month.

McClinton previously made visits to Houston and Southern Methodist in addition to his Big 12 and Big Ten trip.

Arizona State is also trying to make last minute pitch to gain a visit, but McClinton has two at top.

"I'm going to decide between Iowa and Kansas." McClinton said.

"The Kansas coaches have already been down to my home, but Coach Ferentz is coming after the dead period, and I will make my decision after that. I don't plan to visit Arizona State."

The 6-0, 295-pound McClinton is quick on his feet and is already a very strong prospect.

McClinton visited Kansas just before Thanksgiving, and had this to say after his visit:

"The visit was real nice," said McClinton. "It is a nice town and a great atmosphere. The city wasn't too big, and it wasn't too small. The coaches show a lot of love, and I could tell that they care for you as well. I'm not naming any favorite, but it was a good visit."

As you might infer from McClinton's comment that Kirk Ferentz will be making an in home visit with him after Iowa's final game in the Outback Bowl on January 1st, James is certainly a recruiting priority for the Hawkeyes.

Jon Miller contributed to this story

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