Last year at this time and in this space, we told you about Dan Doering, Dace Richardson, Jake Christensen and Ryan Bain, to name a few. We also talked about Brandon Harrison, who committed to Notre Dame, later backed out and chose Michigan over Iowa on ESPN.
Not all of these names are going to sign with Iowa and some of them may lose interest in Iowa over the next several months. But there is little doubt that some of the names we will be sharing with you in this item will sign with Iowa next February.
One of the headliners of the National Class of 2006 has to be Myron Rolle of The Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound cornerback/safety has sub 4.50 speed in the forty, and he boasts offers from a veritable who's who of college football programs.
Florida State, USC, Oklahoma, USC, Miami, Iowa and many others are going to vie for his services over the course of the next several months to a year.
Rolle has already taken an unofficial visit to Iowa City (last July), so the Hawkeyes have that on their side. They also have James Townsend and Albert Young on their side, two Hawkeyes that Rolle is familiar with from his living in New Jersey and paying attention to Jersey high school football.
Iowa will be looking to add cornerbacks and linebackers aplenty in the next two recruiting classes, and they would love to bring Rolle in to the heartland.
Iowa is looking at a select group of quarterbacks at this time, and one of the names they have been courting the longest is Josh Freeman of Grandview, Mo.
This Kansas City area prospect is 6-5 and 218-pounds. He has a rifle for an arm and is also mobile for a player of his size. As a junior, he threw for 2,400 yards and 26 touchdowns. He added three rushing touchdowns, one receiving, and only threw six interceptions. Freeman finished the year with a 67 percent completion rate.
In a recent Scout.com update, Freeman did not list Iowa among his final five schools, but he has had an offer from Iowa for quite some time and Iowa is very interested in him.
A little close to home is Ames, Iowa prospect Austen Arnaud. He goes 6-3, 205 and runs a 4.85 forty. Both of Arnaud's parents went to Iowa State and his AAU coach played for the Cyclones, but Arnaud has said he will be his own man.
We will have a few more quarterbacks listed in another item published today…
At the running back position, Iowa has already landed Munir Prince of DeSmet in Missouri. The 5-10, 175-pounder committed to Iowa last September, and he has the skills to be a running back or a cornerback at the college level.
Here is a link to the feature we did on Prince and his father last month while in San Antonio: LINK
Prince put up some solid numbers last year at tailback and some consider him the top cornerback prospect in the state of Missouri.
He was referred to Iowa by his former high school coach Sean Callahan of Armwood High School (Seffner, Fla.) When he took his unofficial visit to Iowa last summer, the Hawkeye coaches were actually evaluating his tape when he and his family had arrived at the football complex.
They were told by the Iowa coaching staff that they loved the tape, it's just that both the offensive and defensive coaches wanted Munir on their respective side of the ball. They were told that when they walked out of the complex that day, the coach from side of the ball that ‘won' the argument would walk them to their cars. Carl Jackson, Iowa's running backs coach, made the walk with them.
Iowa is the first school to offer McKeesport (Pa.) running back Travis McBride. McBride is 6-1 and 195-pounds and runs a 4.50 forty-yard dash. He was an all Pittsburgh area standout last year, gaining 1,117 yards on just 108 carries, while scoring 19 touchdowns.
This analysis from Scout.com's Pennsylvania expert Bob Lichtenfels: "McBride can be big time, he just needs to develop a little more physically. He has good vision, and outstanding acceleration. He catches the ball out of the backfield, and blocks well, which is an area most high school backs are weak in."
Iowa has offered a pair of Cretin Duham Hall (Minneapolis) preps: WR Kimuel ‘Kim'Royston and lineman Matt Carufel.
Royston is 5-11, 175-pounds with 4.50 forty speed and he might wind up playing on the defensive side of the ball at the next level. He was an honorable mention all state performer at wide out last year.
Carufel made it to Iowa on at least two occasions last fall, traveling there with his teammate and Class of 2005 Iowa commitment Rafael Eubanks. He is 6-5, 274-pounds and could probably play on either side of the ball at the next level. Carufel was a second team all state offensive linemen in 2004.
Another ‘big ugly' with an offer from Iowa is Bryant Browning (#70) of Glenville High School (Glenville, Ohio). He goes for 6-4, 328-pounds and the Hawkeyes were the first school to offer him. He plays for Ted Ginn, Sr. at Glenville, which has become a football factory for the home state Buckeyes.
Iowa also has an offer out to Mike Gee, 6-3, 240-pound defensive end from Don Bosco Prep School in Ramsey, NJ.
The Hawks are very interested in the services of Chris Wells, Ohio's Top running back, but so is everyone else. Wells has told Scout.com that his decision will likely come down to Ohio State and Michigan, and it could take place this summer.
That is a good list of recruits to start with, but we have gone the extra mile to bring you more names…literally, hundreds of miles.
HawkeyeNation.com was in San Antonio for last month's US Army All American Bowl, and Jon Miller took part in the junior combine registration. During those hours, he was able to get in touch with several prospects who are listing Iowa as one of their favorite schools and in some instances, their favorite school.
In part two of our look ahead to the Class of 2006, Miller will provide you with the names of many of those players in the HN Clubhouse, the ‘Member's Only' forum on HawkeyeNation.com.
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