St Paul Cretin Derham (Minn.) offensive lineman/defensive lineman Rafael Eubanks (6-3, 290, 5.1, Scout.com's # 11 OL) committed to Iowa (12/10 official trip) last weekend over Minnesota (12/3), Miami and Notre Dame.
Scout.com had the opportunity to speak with Rafael's dad, Mr. Don Eubanks, about the 4-star recruit's recent commit.
"Rafael committed to Iowa this past Saturday (12/11) while we were there for an official visit," says Mr. Eubanks.
"We had to leave early from the trip on Saturday evening so we got to meet with coach (Kirk) Ferentz at about 4:30 p.m. I maintained to coach Ferentz that Rafael would be taking all of his official visits before he made any decisions on committing.
"But halfway through our meeting I could tell by the look in Rafael's eyes that he really wanted to speak with his mom and myself. We had the coach leave the room and that's when he told us that he wanted to commit to Iowa. We asked him if he was sure, and he was.
"That's when we had coach Ferentz come back into the room and Rafael gave him his verbal commitment. On Monday evening, coach Ferentz came over to our house to follow up on the decision.
"I think Iowa is a great school and the staff for that program is fantastic. I think Rafael is happy with his decision. But as parents we were a little um…well, I'll leave it at that.
"This is a 100% commitment for our son. We still want to encourage him to probably at least take an official visit to Notre Dame. Coach (Charlie) Weis called here Monday evening, and he'll probably still stop by just to talk to Rafael.
"He may still take the visit there--we'll see, but if he does that might be to just appease his parents.
"I really can't get into the reasons why Raphael decided to commit there at this point. The easy thing for me to see was the strategy involved with the coaches and getting him down there with those other top recruits--that definitely had an impact. What is it you call that? Peer pressure?
"We left early from the trip so we didn't get to really hear much else from other recruits about how they felt after they met with coach Ferentz. But I can say they're going to have a phenomenal class there."
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