Some consider Cretin-Derham's Rafael Eubanks as the top center prospect along the offensive line in the nation. This past Saturday, Rafael got to watch two schools very well known in their development of offensive lineman first hand.
"It was a battle all the way through," said Eubanks. "Both teams played extremely hard, and it came down to that last minute field goal for Minnesota. The Gophers had a great day running the ball, and it was neat to see their backs make history in having consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons."
Many have called the Metrodome ‘Kinnick North' when the Hawks travel to play the Gophers. Eubanks also came away with that impression.
"There were quite a few Iowa fans in the stands. I'm not sure if there were more Iowa fans than Minnesota fans, but you could clearly hear the Iowa fans more. I expected that, though, from being at Kinnick and seeing the type of fans Iowa has supporting them," stated Eubanks.
"I have said from the beginning that I wanted to take all five of my official visits, and that is still my plan," added Eubanks, who was joined by teammate Matt Carefuls, a 6'5 270 junior offensive lineman both the Hawks and Gophers have already offered. "I know some schools would like me to commit before Christmas, but I have to do what is best for me. My fifth visit will either go to Oklahoma or Maryland, but that hasn't been decided."
Eubanks has not received any indication from the Hawkeye coaches of when they expect a decision.
"Coach (Eric) Johnson and Coach (Kirk) Ferentz have both told me they really need a center badly in this class. Both have also told me that I'm their top guy, and I believe the only true center they are recruiting. I haven't spoken to them since they got their last offensive line commitment, but I know they are still planning to sign two or three more," said Eubanks.
Lastly, his overall impressions of the Hawkeye program as they head into a key match-up against Wisconsin this weekend.
"What Iowa has done this year is just a great testament to Coach Ferentz and the type of teams he puts together," commented Eubanks. "Drew (Tate) has just looked awesome with his great feet and ability to still make plays downfield. Landing a guy like Jake Christensen so early in the process has just helped show how bright of a future they have, and you can tell it is really paying dividends to this recruiting class. I remain very high on Iowa, and await to take my official visit down there."