The state of Florida has been very good to the coaching staff at Iowa the previous three years. This year is appearing no different, and once again it appears the Hawks were able to dig into the talent rich state for a sleeper at the DB position, much like Benny Sapp two seasons ago. The Hawks are hoping that Marcus Paschal (6'0 170) can equally progress like Benny did in his first two seasons.
"I only had offers from Troy State and Hofstra," Marcus stated. "I think a lot of schools did not even know about me because I was only in Class 4A and I did not play free safety until my senior season."
Will Marcus be the next in line at the free safety spot?
"The coaches did not tell me what position I will be playing in the defensive backfield. It does not matter much to me because I believe I can play either cornerback or safety."
Marcus was hosted by DT Fabian Dodd this weekend on his visit, and was able to come away with how important the state of Florida really is to the Hawkeyes.
"Fabian was my host and he was a real nice guy. I hung around him and a lot of the DB's from Florida, like Antwan Allen and Benny Sapp. All of the guys from Florida were really cool and nice and that helped me feel comfortable enough to choose Iowa."
Marcus is qualified with a 2.5 GPA and 870 on the SAT. There were other aspects about his visit that he much enjoyed, also.
"I liked the atmosphere at Iowa City and the city, itself. The people and campus were very nice. I hung out with fellow visitor, WR David Vickers, and we really got along. He'll be making his decision shortly."
Marcus is excited about his future at Iowa, and certainly Iowa must have some confidence in Marcus with their decision to drop Levonne Rowan this past Friday. Once again, the Hawks stayed with another prospect late, and if Marcus has anything to do about it, he will show Hawk fans the reward.