Iowa Targets Return Home from Visits

The Iowa Hawkeyes breathed a collective sigh of relief over the weekend when Seth Olsen committed to them, but they would still like to add at least two more offensive linemen to the 2004 recruiting class. One name that has been high on their list is Nyere Aumaitre of New Jersey, and he visited NC State over the weekend. Iowa is also on the look out for a tight end prospect, and a 'newer' name has come onto the radar screen: Amos Gbunblee. Read the latest on these two prospects.

OL Nyere Aumaitre

Camden (NJ) Offensive Lineman Nyere Aumaitre just returned home from his fourth official visit... was it his best?

"That's tough to say, but I know I liked it a lot," Aumaitre told StateFans. "I was going to make a decision this week if I didn't like the visit, but I liked it. So now I want to see if my mom will drive down to NC State this weekend so she can see what it's like and tell me what she thinks."

Aumaitre went into the trip with Iowa as his leader, but is that still the case?

"No, I'm even now and don't have a favorite."

Nyere is considering NC State, Iowa, Nebraska, and Tennessee, with offers from all of his favorites.

(James Henderson of

The Hawkeye Nation perspective with Jon Miller

One good aspect of Aumaitre's visit to NC State this past weekend if you are an Iowa fan is that his mother did not make the trip.

She is clearly a very, very strong influence in his life and I have gotten the feeling that wherever Aumaitre ends up, his mother will have given that the school the green light.

Prior to his NC State trip, many insiders felt that Iowa was the team to beat for Aumaitre. Iowa assistant Darrell Wilson has been recruiting him and Wilson was once the head coach for Woodrow Wilson High School in Jersey, the same school that Aumaitre attends.

Whereas I am not as confident in Iowa's chances to land Kyle Mitchum, I have been confident that Aumaitre would wind up in the black and gold. Iowa can breath a bit easier after gaining Seth Olsen's commitment this weekend, but they would still like two to three more offensive linemen in this recruiting class and Aumaitre is a player that they do not expect to lose.

TE Amos Gbunblee

"I wasn't going to visit anyone this weekend but I decided on taking a trip to TCU," said tight end Amos Gbunblee.

"TCU was good. I liked it and had a good time. I'm going to visit Texas A&M (1-16) next weekend and I'm going to Iowa (1-23) the week after that.

"I visited Wisconsin and Georgia Tech in December."

"I don't want to name a leader. I think it will be easier to do that once I take all my visits.

"Wisconsin has a nice campus and the academics are strong. Georgia Tech is kind of like where I live in Houston. It's more of a city atmosphere."

Gbunblee, a 6-foot-5, 235-pounder from Houston (Cypress Springs) was named all-district the past two seasons.

(Chris Pool of The Insiders)

The Hawkeye Nation Perspective with Jon Miller

One of the most enjoyable aspects in following recruiting, at least as far as I am concerned, is when names seemingly come out of nowhere and into full view.

Though Iowa has been in contact with Gbunblee for some time, he has not been a name that many Iowa fans have focused on.

Which makes the 6-5, 240-pound tight end prospect all the more intriguing.

He has great speed for his position (4.6) and Inside Texas Magazine, the premiere voice on all things football in the state of Texas, rated Gbunblee as one of the Top 70 players in the state at season's end.

With Octavious Darby receiving a verbal scholarship offer from the home state Miami Hurricanes, it would appear that Iowa's chances for that talented tight end may come up short this year, as Darby had said previously that an offer from the Canes would be hard to pass up.

Gbunblee would certainly be a nice addition to Iowa's recruiting class, but he has to make it to his 1/23 visit and Iowa has some ground to make up on Georgia Tech.

We all know that Iowa has several Texans on the roster, something that has been the case since Hayden Fry brought established his ‘Texas Pipeline' back in the 1980's. I am sure the Iowa coaches will point all of that out to this talented athlete when he visits.

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