Ryan Bain Keeping an Eye on the Hawks

The Iowa Hawkeyes have had two successful years in a row in recruiting Bolingbrook High School. After signing running back A.J. Johnson in 2003 and highly touted linebacker Kyle Williams this past February, many would believe the Hawks would be in good shape this year with defensive lineman Ryan Bain. However, now that Johnson and Williams are not officially a part of the team at this time, could things change with Bain?

The first thing we wanted to know was if Bain had spoken with Kyle Williams about his future plans?

"I haven't really bothered him too much about it because it is not my business. From what I know, he is heading back to Iowa in January. I just saw him on the sideline last Friday at my game, and we talked for a little bit."

Ryan Bain has collected several outstanding offers, and currently names Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, Purdue, UCLA, and Wisconsin as his top schools. More specifically, what about Iowa puts them on the list?

"I really like them as they have become a good, established program. I'm also quite impressed with their strength program. Even with A.J. being suspended right now, and Kyle not being there, I have kept the same interest. I know they are not having the year they wanted to have right now, but I believe they are going to get it together and crank out some victories."

Would Bain's interest in Iowa be affected at all if Iowa were to finish the season as a team outside of the Top 25?

"I want to be a part of an established program, and they are definitely an established program. They've had what, like ten victories and two consecutive top ten finishes in the past two seasons? Not every established program can put together a ten-victory season every year, and I have to understand that fact. There are a lot of aspects I'll be looking for in a school, most notably academics and the strength and conditioning program, and if Iowa is where I feel the most comfortable then that is where I will go."

Since Bain puts so much emphasis on the strength program and has stated he is quite impressed with Iowa's, what in particular has caught his eye?

"Coach (Chris) Doyle and everything about him. If you have an offer from Iowa, you are going to know as much as you possibly can about their strength program. They lower your body fat, increase your speed and strength, and develop to your maximum ability."

Bain witnessed Hawkeye commit quarterback Jake Christensen first hand a few weeks back when the lefty threw for seven touchdowns in helping Lockport defeat Bolingbrook.

"Christensen is a real good quarterback. He basically beat us by himself by throwing for seven touchdowns. It speaks highly for Iowa in knowing they have such a good quarterback coming in."

Iowa is putting the full court press on several of the top prospects in the state of Illinois this fall, and have already having received commitments from Christensen and Willowbrook defensive end Rahkeem Smith. Has Bain developed relationships with many of the prospects on the Hawks board?

"I have met all of the guys; Dace Richardson, Anthony Moeaki, Dan Doering, Jake Christensen, except for Rahkeem Smith, on the various visits I took this past summer. I'd say I know Libertyville offensive lineman David Moosman the best from wrestling as we always talk some trash to each other when we're together. I talked to Christensen after the game, and he basically just asked if I was going to Iowa or not. I'll keep an eye on what all the guys do."

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