Signing Day 2004 Has Arrived

The 'Holy Grail' for fans of Iowa Hawkeye recruiting has finally arrived: Signing Day 2004. The first Wednesday in February has taken on much more importance that Puxatawny Phil could ever muster. We have listed Iowa's known verbal commitments and have linked their bios for you to read, plus a few nuggets on some possible signing day drama.

The Iowa football team will announce it's 2004 recruiting class at 4PM on Wednesday, and we have 19 confirmed commits and perhaps one or two more yet to be named as the day rolls on.

As of this writing, which is 11:15pm on 2/3, these are the 19 names that we know about, listed in alphabetical order. To see their bio's and associated stories, click on their names:

Nyere Aumaitre, OL Woodrow Wilson High School (Camden, N.J.), 6-5, 300
Walner Belleus, CB Dodge City C.C (Kan.)(Immokalee, FL.), 5-11, 192
Ted Bentler, DE Davenport Assumption, 6-4, 235
Andy Brodell, WR Ankeny High School, 6-3, 188
Harold Dalton, DB Woodrow Wilson High School (Camden, N.J.), 6-1, 190
Lucas Cox, DE/OL Springdale (PA) High School, 6-4, 242
Rashad Dunn, OL Greenbrier High School (Evans, GA), 6-3, 270
Bradley Fletcher, CB Liberty High School (Youngstown, OH), 6-2, 185
Charles Godfrey, CB Lee High School (Baytown, TX), 6-1, 200
Shonn Greene, RB Winslow Township (N.J.) High School, 5-11, 200
Mitch King, LB Burlington High School, 6-3, 225
Matt Kroul, LB Mount Vernon High School, 6-2, 215
Grant McCracken, DE Ankeny High School, 6-3, 215
Anton Narinskiy, LB Kenston High School (Chagrin Falls, OH), 6-4, 220
Seth Olsen, OL Millard North High School (Omaha, NE.), 6-5, 305
Michael Sabers, OL Iowa City High School, 6-5, 230
Adam Shada, DB Millard North High School (Omaha, Neb.), 6-1, 175
Damian Sims, RB/DB John I. Leonard High School (Boca Raton, FL), 5-9, 185
Kyle Williams, LB Bolingbrook High School (Bollingbrook, IL), 6-2, 220

The question on signing day is always ‘Will there be any drama? Will there be any surprises?'

WR Chris Vaughn from Connecticut has an afternoon press conference scheduled to announce his college choice. Iowa and Notre Dame appear to be the two finalists.

I also believe that Iowa fans could receive a ‘surprise' commit, aside from what Vaughn's decision might be. I am not talking about a 5-star blue-chip prospect, but a surprise nonetheless.

And out of respect to the wishes of the player and family, we will certainly respect their desire to let this remain a surprise unless we can get them to go on record prior to their announcement on Wednesday.

Several Mediacom cable outlets in the state of Iowa will be airing Kirk Ferentz's Signing Day Press Conference live at 4PM tomorrow, and it can also be viewed online at will provide any news as it unfolds on signing day.


Kyle Williams, Walner Belleus and Seth Olsen.

Williams is one of the nation's best players regardless of position. He feels that he can come in next year and possibly contribute to the Iowa defense as a true freshman. He will have to battle George Lewis for the top spot at Iowa's Leo linebacker position. Williams is also bidding for the Illinois 215-pound state wrestling championship this year. His picture will grace the cover of Hawkeye Nation's 2004 Recruiting Magazine.

Belleus will come in and add depth to Iowa's secondary from day one. He has been on campus since the start of the second semester and has been lifting weights with his Iowa teammates. Iowa has not had this much depth at corner for many a moon, and the Hawkeyes have shorn up an area that has been the only soft underbelly on the defensive side of the football over the past few seasons.

Olsen will be named to Parade's All American team this coming weekend. He is an exceptional run blocker and had committed to Nebraska early in the process before they fired Frank Solich. Olsen is a high school teammate of Iowa commit Adam Shada.


Watch out for Bradley Fletcher. Fletcher committed to Iowa back in April of 2003, very early in the process. Had he waited, his stock would have likely risen as far as recruiting rankings are concerned. He is an exceptional athlete and the type of player that might be able to compete for time at multiple positions.

Rashad Dunn is a player that Iowa really liked on film. His size was the only thing that kept some of the Southern powers from taking a serious run at him, but Iowa felt good enough about him to offer him a scholarship. Given their track record of identifying and then developing talent, Dunn has a chance to add his name to the list of ‘unheralded' players that are turned into serious contributors.

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