The Iowa coaching staff knows the way to Milford Prep Academy. While Milford ‘alum' Fred Russell's impact at Iowa will not be forgotten, Iowa has not dipped into Milford Prep for talent since landing Russell. That will change when running back Shonn Greene joins the program in November, as expected. Here is the kicker: might bring a fellow Milford teammate with him?
The Hawkeyes have offered Milford Prep Athlete Ken Tinney.
"Ken just opened up his recruitment to other schools after previously making a commitment to UCONN," said Milford Academy head coach Bill Chaplick. "Syracuse just offered him today, and I know Iowa offered him as soon as they saw him on film. Right now, he has official visits lined up to Iowa (12/3), Michigan State (12/10), Syracuse (1/14), and UCONN (1/21)."
Tinney was an unknown prospect to some coming out of Ansonia HS in Connecticut, eventually signing with the Huskies, but Iowa has known about him for a while.
"Coach O'Keefe has followed his path since high school, and it was just known that Ken had some academic hurdles to clear. That is why he is here as there is nothing else to do here besides play football and go to school. He meets with a tutor three times a day, goes to class, eats three meals, practices football, and then goes to sleep. Iowa has suggested that some of their recruits (that don't make grades) come here, because at Milford Prep we make sure these guys are preparing to become men."
Coach Chaplick informed us that both Tinney and Shonn Greene have being doing well in classes, have been meeting all of their obligations and have never been late. Greene, who is set to join Iowa in January, will also play a positive influence for the Hawks in the recruitment of Tinney.
"Shonn is having an incredible year here, and he is sold on Iowa's program. That reflects back on Ken and the other guys, but especially Ken since he is the guy handing it off and pitching it to Shonn during the games. They have become close buddies as we are all a close unit here at Milford. There is nobody else for us to hang with besides our team, and those two will be taking their visit out to Iowa together, as well."
In case you thought you read a misprint, think again. Ken Tinney does hand-off the ball to Shonn Greene. While most Hawk fans are aware that Iowa is recruiting Tinney to play the cornerback position, Tinny spends half of Milford's game playing quarterback and the other half playing cornerback.
"We don't like him playing both ways, but he is definitely a top 100 caliber athlete. He returns punts and kicks, kicks our extra points, and basically does everything for us. He is our quarterback, and he is a lock down corner that can man up against anyone. Iowa is recruiting him to play corner as they know he is a rare great cover corner."
It also appears Tinney may also be able to join the program of his choice mid-year.
"Ken will have a chance to join the school of his choice in January, but just like with Shonn, we won't know until December when all classes are finished and the test results come back. Either way, these guys do not lose a year of eligibility by going to prep school, so they will have five years to play four when they arrive."