OL Eubanks Very Impressed with Iowa, Kinnick

It's no secret that the Iowa Hawkeyes hosted three of the nation's top offensive lineman yesterday in their impressive victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Coincidentally, those same lineman will be making their official visit to Iowa together on December 10th. I caught up with Cretin-Derham offensive lineman Rafael Eubanks to get his thoughts on the Hawkeyes' performance and his first encounter with Jake Christensen, Dan Doering, and Dace Richardson.

While the weather may have not been ideal for some Hawkeye fans, they couldn't have asked for a better performance out of the team. That performance gained national attention, and most importantly, gained a lot of attention on the recruiting trail, including offensive lienman Rafael Eubanks.

"I really expected it to be a close game," said Eubanks. "Ohio State has struggled in the Big Ten, but you always know they have a talented team. Iowa just came out and played hard, and I think they showed their ability."

Perhaps even better than the Hawkeye performance was the atmosphere of Kinnick Stadium.

"It was a fantastic game, a wonderful atmosphere, and the Iowa Hawkeye fans are great," said Don Eubanks, Rafael's father. "Rafael and I really enjoyed the game, and it was also great being able to talk quite a bit with the Christensen family, Doering family, and Richardson family."

For Rafael, the most impressionable meeting was with quarterback Jake Christensen, who has already given the Hawkeyes a verbal commitment. I asked Eubanks if Jake had expressed his desire for Rafael to snap the ball to him in the future?

"Yeah," said a laughing Eubanks. "He made that point known, but really he is a great guy, and I was glad to be able to ask him a few questions. He is obviously a great salesman for Iowa; especially being from Illinois and the talent they have there this fall. His he and his father were both very informative."

Eubanks spent the entire game sitting alongside Dan Doering and Dace Richardson, who will be joining him on his official visit to Iowa City on December 10th.

"I switched my visit to that weekend after Coach (Eric) Johnson had asked me to, and now I'm glad to be coming that weekend after speaking with those two."

Did Eubanks get the feeling at all that Iowa is trying to recruit them as a group?

"Yeah, I definitely got that feeling, and I think it'll be a big weekend on the 10th for us to be able to spend time together. We can really learn about each other, and see how well we can become friends. I know Iowa would like to land all of us, and if they are able to, I can't imagine how happy that would make them."

Eubanks also spent part of his morning speaking with his recruiting coach, Eric Johnson, and offensive line coach, Reese Morgan. He was not able to speak with Coach Ferentz as he left at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

While Eubanks has set his official visit to Iowa, his other visits are still a work in progress.

"I may go down to a Notre Dame game for an unofficial visit, and I'll be at the Minnesota/Iowa game, but otherwise my next visits will be my officials. I'm gaining a better idea of who will receive my visits, but until I set them, I'm not ready to announce anything publicly. I plan to have my list narrowed to 6 or 7 schools here very soon."

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