Recruiting: Some Buzz & Bits from the Weekend

The Iowa Hawkeyes hosted several high school prospects this weekend. Though many of them had already given Iowa their verbal commitments, several of the visitors were experiencing Iowa City for the first time. Hawkeyenation.com and The Insiders recruiting analyst Josh Clark provides his 'inside' analysis on some of this weekend's visitors as well as his slant on their recruitment as it relates to Iowa's standing.

Iowa did not land any commitments from this weekend's visitors, but a previously known visitor who was in Iowa City recently could be announcing within the next day or two.

Iowa is sitting very well with defensive tackle James McClinton, and with a strong push, should land his commitment. Iowa still has to figure out how many defensive linemen they are going to sign.

OL Sean McPeak was very well liked on his visit and fits the mold of several former successful Hawkeye lineman. He is tremendously athletic for his size (6-5, 245), and is a tough kid. I would not be surprised one bit to see Iowa end up offering McPeak. He also plays basketball for Bellville, IL and helped lead them to the Class AA quarterfinals last year.

WR Kelvin Chandler is one of the more confident prospects you'll find, and that confidence impressed the Hawkeye coaches. While the game plan has not been totally decided on their strategy in taking receivers, Iowa may not wait long to make a strong push on Chandler. He is 6-2, 171-pounds and runs a legit 4.50 in the forty yard dash after last year's injury.

Iowa is going to continue to go hard after RB Parrish Fisher, but James Turner is likely the next guy on the list. Turner is a real good kid, and also could end up at the fullback position. He would also keep Iowa successful in the state of Arkansas, but he still plans to visit Tennessee. He is 6-0, 205 pounds and runs the forty in a reported 4.5 seconds.

Alphonso Smith is one of the best athletes in the state of Florida, and Iowa made a very strong push. He could be the other true freshman corner in this class with Godfrey or he could end up playing another position. He is a versatile athlete.

We will be in contact with the Florida recruits very soon, as they had late flights leaving Iowa City and will not return to their homes until late in the evening on Sunday.

We will also be in touch with several more prospects and coaches from this weekend's recruiting visitors.


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