Ryan Brinson Eyeing the Hawks

Next fall, Iowa will be entering its third consecutive season with Jovon Johnson and Antwan Allen as the starting cornerbacks. After 2005, that will come to an end, and currently the only underclassman on the two deeps is true freshman Adam Shada. Iowa will look to increase depth at the position in the Class of 2005, and one target remaining high on the board is Ryan Brinson.

Ryan Brinson has had a great senior season at Canton McKinley in rushing for 1,682 yards and 19 touchdowns. However, perhaps the most important stat to the Hawkeye coaches will be the fact that he has recorded three interceptions through ten games this fall.

"I feel I am a better running back because that is the position I've played my entire life," said Brinson. "But all of the Big Ten schools recruiting me want me to play cornerback."

In the weekly conversations Brinson has had with Hawkeye offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe, he has been informed that Iowa targets him as a cornerback due to his speed, footwork, and size.

"I talk to Coach O'Keefe every week, and he just makes sure I'm keeping Iowa in my mind. They are ready for me to get up there on my visit, and he has told me that if I handle my part I will be able to play early. They have two junior cornerbacks starting right now, and he said I will redshirt so that will give me every opportunity to be a four-year starter," Brinson said.

The Hawkeyes have offered Brinson, as have Indiana and several MAC schools. West Virginia and Michigan State continue to show interest, but Iowa will be Brinson's first official visit (12/3) and will be the first to have a crack in landing his services.

"Iowa has a real good program, and they produce quality players. I'm not ruling anything out as certainly if I want to commit to Iowa on my visit I will, but it will all come down to how I feel on my visit. I know right now that I'm thinking Iowa is not a bad choice at all," said Brinson.

After originally being recruited by Ohio State, the Buckeyes no longer showed any interest this fall. That gave Brinson great delight in watching the Hawkeyes 33-7 victory over the Buckeyes.

"I was real happy to see Iowa win that game in the fashion they did since Ohio State brushed me off," added the 5'10 175 pound cornerback. "All the people I knew were expecting Iowa to win so I really didn't have to stand up for myself, at all. Everyone tells me Iowa would be a good move for me, except for the distance, but I'll be my own judge on my visit."

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