Countdown to Signing Day: Part Two of the Offense

In part two of's look at Iowa's commitments in the recruiting class of 2005, we round out the offense with some comments and projections on four future Hawkeyes who are ranked in's Hot 100; Tony Moeaki, Kalvin Bailey, Dace Richardson and Dan Doering. We also talk about Shonn Greene, and his possible status.

Continuing with our look at the offensive side of the ball for Iowa's recruiting class of 2005, in order of their commitment to Iowa…

Shonn Greene: We really didn't know where to stick Greene, as he committed to Iowa last winter, did not qualify academically, attended Milford Prep this past fall, reaffirmed his verbal commitment to Iowa, yet he has not passed the SAT.

As Josh Clark reported today, Greene is planning on taking the SAT this weekend, and if he passes it, his plans are to attend Iowa. We will assume for this report that there will be a scholarship available for him, should he get the required test score.

IF Greene makes it in, he would most likely report to Iowa City in June. IF Greene does that, you are talking about a kid who has the physical tools to come in and challenge for a starting position right away.

At least that is my opinion, and has been for the past three months, based on what he accomplished at Milford Prep this year in addition to hearing Iowa coaches talk about his physical gifts.

Many of you most likely remember me posting this fall that an Iowa assistant coach told me that Greene had the ‘most NFL-like body and package' of any back that was on Iowa's roster in 2004. He has power, speed and quickness to hit the home run inside and out.

Greene gained 1,367 yards on 185 carries (7.4ypc) this year playing against college junior varsity teams, junior college teams and Division 1-AA teams. He has 4.50 speed in the forty yard dash. Greene's coach at Milford, Bill Chaplick, told us in November that Greene played two or three quarters in most of those games.

In Greene's final game of the year, he has 167 yards on 15 carries against Navy through two quarters. An injury in the second quarter brought his day to an early end.

IF Greene makes it to Iowa this summer, he will not redshirt; he will get carries.

Kalvin Bailey: First, I need to say the following: If you have yet to see his highlight video, then stop what you are doing, ask the boss for a five minute break and huddle around your computer:


OK…now that you are on the same planet that I am on after watching Bailey carry the football, I think it's safe to say that if he picks up the blocking assignments at the next level, that he is going to be on the two deep roster. When you are 5-feet-11, 245 pounds and you can run a legit 4.70 forty, you are going to play.

Bailey was the Tampa, Florida area MVP and a 1st Team All State selection, gaining more than 3,300 yards in two years for powerhouse Armwood High School (Seffner).

He is the school record holder in the bench press, topping the 400-pound barrier, and he has great ball skills and good footwork. He is a Top 100 rated player nationally by and Tom Lemming considers him to be among the best fullbacks in the nation.

He will play some fullback for Iowa, but I think that the Hawkeye might be able to use him in a similar fashion to how they used Jeremy Allen in one back sets. When you can run like Bailey, if your blocking abilities come up to speed, you take away the defense's ability to key on formational tendencies, as was the case with Edgar Cervantes and Fred Russell in the 2003 season; when Cervantes was in as the one back, Iowa has a strong tendency to pass the football. That allowed teams to bring in nickel packages when Russell would trot off the field.

A player like Bailey is double trouble.

Chalk up another recruit thanks in some part due to Iowa's relationship with Armwood coach Sean Callahan. Antwan Allen and Chris Brevi both played for Armwood, and 2006 commit Munir Prince attended Armwood as a freshman in high school before moving back to the St. Louis area. Callahan made the Iowa coaches aware of Prince, and Prince committed to Iowa this past summer, just before the start of his junior year of high school.

Dan Doering: Though Doering's ‘official' commitment date was January 15th at the US Army All American game, he committed to Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz on his official visit the weekend of December 10th. Though Doering had promised Tom Lemming that he would commit at the US Army game, Dan told Ferentz that if his committing to Iowa publicly back in December would help the program, he would do it.

Ferentz told him that he appreciated that commitment to place the team first, but he told Dan to enjoy his moment.

Doering made the most of his national TV appearance, announcing for Iowa and saying, ‘It's great to be a Hawkeye!' like he grew up in the state.

Doering seems to be a bit of an Eric Steinbach type, one who might be able to play both guard and tackle at the college level.

One thing is for certain; Doering will do what is best for the team. It's how his parents raised him to be and it's just how he is.

Doering and his family are among the favorite people that I have been able to get to know over the five years that I have done this line of work.

Dan was recently named ‘The Best of the Midwest' by the Detroit Free-Press, he is a US Army All American and one of the Top 100 players in the nation as rated by I look for him to redshirt in 2005.

Dace Richardson: Where Doering might be more polished for his age, Richardson is more of a raw prospect. 2004 was just his third year of playing football, yet colleges and scouting experts saw enough ability in him to consider him one of the best linemen in the nation. Richardson had offers from USC, Notre Dame, Iowa, Tennessee and other heavy hitters.

He too announced for Iowa on national TV at the US Army All American game, with teammate and fellow Iowa commit Tony Moeaki.

Richardson might be two or three years away from seeing the field at Iowa, so a redshirt in 2005 is likely. This affable trenchman reminds me a lot of former Hawkeye David Porter, both on and off the field.

Tony Moeaki: If someone held my feet to the figurative fire and asked me to pick who the best recruit of the 2005 class might be, I would probably pick Moeaki.

After seeing him practice at the US Army All American game in San Antonio, I was blown away. He makes every catch and he can beat linebackers and cornerbacks on routes. He is the same size right now (6-4, 240-pounds) as Dallas Clark was as a third year player at Iowa, and he runs a legit 4.70 forty. Clark ran a 4.65 at the NFL combine.

I have said this on the message boards and on radio shows; if Moeaki stays healthy, I think he could leave Iowa in the same breath as Clark and Marv Cook, if not at the top of that list. I know that is high praise and lofty expectations for a player who has yet to take a snap at the college level, but Moeaki just has ‘it'.

I think he is on the two deep roster coming out of training camp, and with Mike Follett's imminent move to the LEO linebacker position for the coming season, it's Scott Chandler, Ryan Majerus, Brandon Myers and Moeaki at tight end for next year. If Chandler gets the hang of blocking out of the traditional three-point stance, I think Moeaki could be your ‘H' back from the get go.

I can't wait for Hawkeye fans to get a glimpse of Moeaki this coming fall. Moeaki is rated as the nation's best tight end prospect by, and one of the Top 100 players nationally, regardless of position. In all, five Hawkeye offensive commits garnered such honors from

In case you missed it, here is Part One of our look at Iowa's offensive commits:

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