The Hawks received commitment #12 this past weekend in JUCO DT Wesley Thibeaux. Thibeaux racked up 40 tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles this past season while starting alongside Texas A&M commit Eddie Brown, regarded as one of the top JUCO prospects in the nation.
"I really liked the school on my visit," Thibeaux said. "The players and coaches were very cool. I could not believe how much I clicked with them. That was very important for me since I far away from home. I could just tell that it was the place for me to go."
Wesley had many schools still calling him this month as some big-time programs looked to fill scholarships late. He did have offers from New Mexico State, Lousiana-Monroe, and Southwest Texas State.
"There was a huge difference between my visits to Iowa and New Mexico State. I had a good time at New Mexico State, but everything at Iowa was just first class. You can really tell the difference between a Big Ten school and mid-major program."
Wesley was recruited by Carl Jackson, who has proved to be a very effective recruiter in Texas the past few years.
"Coach Jackson was real cool. He is originally from Port Arthur, and his wife was a teacher in my hometown, Beaumont, so we had a lot of similarities."
The Iowa seniors are still playing a large role in helping this squad out, also. That showed last weekend with Alonzo Cunningham being Wesley's host.
"Zo was a cool guy. He is like a celebrity in Iowa City. Girls would come up and could not believe they were meeting Alonzo. Downtown Iowa City was a good experience, the whole town is just a lot of fun."
Many have discussed DE Colin Cole moving back to DT. However, with Wesley's commitment, that could have changed things. The staff certainly made it seem that way.
"They want me to come in early and work very hard. I'll be there this summer. It is expected that I show some leadership and work to have that starting spot. I was told that if I do what I'm capable of that I will start."
Certainly, Wesley adds a much needed big body on the defensive line. With Jared Clauss finally getting a shot to show his potential next year, Wesley could prove to a perfect partner in continuing Iowa's recent success against the run.