'The Bus' Has Arrived; Kalvin Bailey a Hawkeye

Remember Ron Dayne? Or how about Jerome Bettis? Both of those backs were big time bruisers at the college level...very difficult to bring down yet fast and slippery enough to make their opponents miss them on occasions. They were not just your average power backs. The Iowa Hawkeyes may have found their own version of 'The Bus', as they have tapped the familiar waters of Armwood, Florida to land one of the most highly regarded fullbacks in the country in Kalvin Bailey.

As was first reported by The Tampa Tribune and later by GoJackets.com of the Scout.com network, one of the country's top fullback prospects has committed to the University of Iowa.

Kalvin Bailey has made a decision on his college future and he's going to play ball in the Big 10 for the Iowa Hawkeyes. From his high school coach Sean Callahan, "Kalvin committed to Iowa." The news is just breaking today but according to his coach, "I think he did it like on Christmas morning."

What helped Iowa to become Bailey's choice? Callahan said, "Yeah he's done with the visits. There are like two or three Armwood kids up there at Iowa and they all got to show him a great visit and the coaches do a great job up there with him. When he heard from all of the Armwood kids up there, I guess it was an easy decision for him."

Callahan is speaking about Hawkeyes Antwan Allen and Chris Brevi. Allen has been a three year starter for Iowa, as he stepped in as a redshirt freshman when Benny Sapp was removed from the team. Brevi is a redshirt freshman.

Bailey is listed at 5-feet-11 inches and 245-pounds, running an alleged 4.7 second forty yard dash. He possesses good vision and cutting ability for a player his size. He had 138 rushing yards and three touchdowns in Armwood's state title game earlier this month.

ESPN.com recruiting analyst Tom Lemming rates Bailey as the 6th best fullback in the country, and Scout.com rates him among the top 35 ball carriers in the nation at any position.

Bailey told TBO.com, the online arm of the Tampa Tribune that ``It seems like that (Iowa) is the place for me to be. The coaches are straight-forward. I just had a feeling this is where I'm supposed to be.''

Bailey rushed for more than 1,500 yards as a senior, and in committing to Iowa, he cancelled trips to Miami, USC and Georgia Tech, according to TBO.com.

To get an idea of the type of player Iowa is getting, click on the links below to watch Bailey's highlight videos.


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