The Iowa Hawkeyes were nearly shut out in their wide receiver recruiting efforts a year ago, landing in state prospect Andy Brodell and no others.
They swung and missed on several big name targets like Dwayne Jarrett, Josh Morgan and Adrian Arrington just to name a few.
Needless to say, wide receiver was going to be an important position for the Hawkeyes.
Hawkeyenation.com's Rob Howe was able to gain confirmation through family members that wide receivers Marcus Wilson of New Jersey and Trey Stross of Ohio gave Iowa their verbal commitments over the weekend after attending camp at Iowa on Saturday.
Hawkeyenation.com has call in to both players and we are efforting interviews at present.
Landing Marcus Wilson seemed a bit of a foregone conclusion for Hawkeye recruitniks, as he is the nephew of Iowa Linebackers coach Darrell Wilson.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Wilson runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. He had at least eight known scholarship offers. In a recent update from The Insiders, he listed Iowa, Penn State, North Carolina, Boston College, Syracuse, Maryland, Rutgers, and Virginia among the schools that had offered him, and there may have been more than that. He also said that Ohio State and Michigan had been showing him serious interest.
Here was the most recent update on Marcus from The Insiders, dated June 8th, that talked about his recruitment: LINK
Here is a bit of what Marcus had to say about himself in that recent update:
"On the offensive side, I'm a tall physical receiver. I can't be stopped when I have the ball. Nobody can tackle me when I have the ball. Plus, I have great hands."
"On defense, I'm a physical corner. Coaches say I have great tackling technique. All I have to do now over the summer is work on my footwork, so I can get that much better."
While Marcus Wilson was a known commodity for Iowa fans, Trey Stross seemingly came out of the blue.
He is listed at 6-3 ½, 193 pounds and runs the forty under 4.5 seconds. He helped lead Avon Lake to an Ohio Division II state title last year.
In a May interview with the Insiders, Stross listed offers from Miami of Ohio, Bowling Green, Kent State and Toledo, with Maryland, Iowa and Boston College also in close contact with him. CLICK HERE to read that update.
Josh Clark briefly attended Iowa's Elite Camp on Saturday and noticed a tall wide receiver really tearing it up. That player was Stross.
Here are some numbers from Stross gathered from The Insiders network:
4.03 Pro Agility
4.46 40-yard dash
18 reps of 184-pounds and seven reps of 225-pounds
He was considered one of the better two-way players in the state of Ohio last year, and had 28 receptions for 721 yards, an eye-popping 25.8 average yards per catch and 10 touchdowns last year. He was named first team All-District and honorable mention All-Ohio.
While competing in track and field for the first time this year, he has jumped 6-7 in the high jump, has run under 22 seconds in the 200-meters and he ran a 52.3 400-meters the first time he every competed in the event.
Subscribers can read our Q & A's with each prospect:
To try out subscription services FREE for seven says, CLICK HERE. If you like what you find, and would also like to subscribe to Hawkeye Nation, the magazine, you will receive our 2004 Iowa Football Preview Issue plus nine other monthly issues if you subscribe before July 4th. That package is our $99 per year offering. You can also call 888-501-5752 to subscribe.