Focus 06: Davenport Central's Julian Vandervelde

Julian Vandervelde has lived quite the life from playing in the Little League World Series back as a youngster to now picturing himself playing big-time division one football. The homestate Hawkeyes have an eye on him, as do other programs.

Julian Vandervelde has lived quite the life from playing in the Little League World Series back as a youngster to now picturing himself playing big-time division one football.

The 6'4 and 280 pound offensive lineman is yet another line product produced by Davenport Central head coach Matt Verdon.

"Julian is a tough, physical player," said head coach Matt Verdon. "He has the ability to dominate a game when he wants to, and he constantly draws double teams. He is very coachable where if I have to tell him something once, I won't have to tell him again."

To this point, Coach Verdon has had contact with coaches from Iowa, Iowa State, and Kansas concerning Vandervelde, and according to him, all three want the chance to work Julian out in person at camp. Notre Dame and Kansas State have also sent a lot of coorespondence, and should be bringing by a coach during the evaluation month.

Unlike many of the others, the Iowa Hawkeyes have identified one position they feel Vandervelde best suits them.

"Iowa told me they are recruiting Julian as an offensive center. I believe he could make a heckuva defensive lineman, and obviously, he can play guard along the offensive line, but that is where they want him to play. They want to work him out in camp, but the impression I got is they are going to wait until they are able to see senior film before offering any kids in the state of Iowa this year," said Verdon.

Julian will be in attendance this weekend at the Scout.com US Army Regional Combine in Champaign, Illinois


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