Prep School LB Shows Strong Desire to Become Hawkeye
Iowa's most impressive visitor in terms of talent and the distance traveled is Forge Valley Prep linebacker Adam Atiyeah, who originally attended Parkland High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The 6-foot, 236-pound linebacker is a hard-worker who very much wanted to walkon to the Hawkeye program after graduating high school last May. However, he had some academic work to overcome.
Now, after attending a semester at Valley Forge (the same school where former Hawkeye quarterback prospect Rasheed Marshall attended) Atiyeah is still showing the strong desire to become a Hawkeye.
He is a western Pennsylvania guy that fits the mold of player that Kirk Ferentz truly appreciates. Atiyeah is relentless in everything he does, and from how he's been described to me, Hawk fans should feel fortunate to have him as a walkon, which I'm hearing is likely to happen.
Hawkeyes Looking for Next Derek Pagel
The Hawkeyes also hosted perhaps a future clone of Derek Pagel, currently with the New York Jets. Waltz is a 6'1 200 pound prospect that will end up at either strong safety or outside linebacker.
Pagel, another famous Hawkeye walkon success story, spent this past summer at Mount Mercy working out with Waltz. It appears the same type of work ethic that helped Pagel succeed has been passed down to Waltz.
Waltz has been described as a fearless and effective hitter. He moves very well and has great hip flexibility and can add a pop when needed.
He was thinking about visiting Northern Iowa this weekend, but he has decided against that and is going to walkon at Iowa.
Bowling Green Could Steal Hawkeyes Thunder
The Hawkeyes also hoted Quincy Notre Dame defensive lineman Trevor Frericks this past weekend as well. The 6-2 and over 250 pound lineman wants to be a Hawkeye.
However, there is the issue of a prospect from Illinois being faced with paying nearly $100,000 in four years of tuition. Frericks has the ability to earn a scholarship, but you never know what could happen.
Frericks has been described as being quick off the ball and very well conditioned, giving him a high motor the Hawks like to have. He has a good nose for the ball and in past years, may have very likely received an offer from the Hawks.
He may still end up at Iowa, but this weekend he has planned an official visit to Bowling Green where he is expected to receive a scholarship. It is probably likely he will chose that offer over preferred walkon status from Iowa.
Iowa Hosts Hometown Product
The Hawkeyes landed a very key early commitment from Iowa City West defensive lineman Alex Kanellis nearly two years ago.
Kanellis is not the only West prospect to catch Iowa's eye, as they hosted Travis Meade this past weekend.
Meade is a center prospect that would be a very good addition to the Hawkeye program. I would have to believe Iowa would have a pretty good shot at landing this preferred walkon.