Iowa City High Dynamic Duo

As the Iowa Hawkeyes turn their sights on the recruiting class of 2006, they may not have to look far for two talented prospects; City High's Dorian Davis and Ben Evans.

Iowa City High is looking to return to dominance under head man Dan Sabers, and will be returning one of its more talented senior classes this coming fall. The headliner of the group is undoubtedly linebacker, potential safety, prospect Dorian Davis.

Standing at 6'1 and 195 pounds, Davis has the quickness and fearsome hitting ability to man down the safety position. Certainly, his speed would be considered an upgrade for most at the linebacker position, but will he become strong enough?

Without question, Coach Sabers knows he has a future division one football player.

"Dorian is a football player," said head coach Dan Sabers. "I think I've been in this long game long enough to know players, and there is no question in my mind, that he is a division one football player. He brings a punch, and you are going to go down."

"He played both sides of the ball for us last year, and I'm sure will be busy occupying the same role this coming year. Still, he produces results and plays with a high energy at all times. He is just so explosive, and is very quick. Just watching him play the game, you know you truly have a defensive player on your squad."

As a junior, Dorian led team with 209 defensive points rewarded by the coaches with the next closest only scoring 162 points. Recorded 12 tackles for loss, and caught 19 receptions for 233 yards on offense. Starter on the basketball team, and is a sprinter and hurdler returning for the defending state champions.

If Dorian is able to earn scholarship offers this spring, many would consider the Iowa Hawkeyes the run away favorite. At this point, though, Davis is just looking to attract interest.

"I've been contacted by Kansas State, Notre Dame, Iowa, Iowa State, and Illinois concerning Dorian. I can tell you that the Iowa coaches have told me they feel he is one of the better prospects in the state next year, and I don't believe they are going to neglect the state of Iowa regardless of their success. From everything I've been told and heard, I believe Dorian is going to see some offers come his way."

Another City High Standout: Ben Evans

While many of us in the business look to do our best to find the "stars" of the Class of 2006 during the spring, we cannot forget about the prospects who still will have a chance to make their final impression this coming fall.

Iowa City High athlete Ben Evans will have a few eyes on him this coming fall to see if he can shown continued improvement. Perhaps it will be enough to garner a late scholarship offer, as exemplified by previous prospects Mike Humpal, Ben Barkema, Brandon Meyers, and Collins Eboh in the state of Iowa.

"I've been telling everyone to watch out for Ben this coming season," said head coach Dan Sabers. "He may not be a guy that has a lot of interest this spring, but by the end of the season he will be a guy getting some looks. He has just shown so much improvement with each day that passes by, and was a significant part of our last three or four games last fall."

"He won the state long jump as a sophomore with a jump around 22'10. He also ran the 200-meter dash in our state championship sprint medley team, and helped two other relay teams win medals. He continued to catch the ball better as the season went on, and has no problem catching it over the middle. He is our punt returner, and with his fearless style, we never have a fair catch."

More importantly, Coach Sabers will be looking to expand his role this coming fall.

"There is no question that I'm going to have to find more ways to get the ball into his hands. He is going to play both sides of us, and he can play either side in college. To make it even more perfect, he is an outstanding kid and has outstanding character."

As a junior, he caught 20 receptions for 449 yards and seven touchdowns. He returned 12 punts for 145 yards, in addition, to interception one pass for 78 yards and a touchdown while playing defense. Jones is a four-sport athlete at City High.


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