Hawks to Get Milford RB; Julian Smith Update

HN.com speaks with Milford Prep coach Bill Chaplick

It's not out of the ordinary this time of year to see a new name pop up on the recruiting horizon, but it is somewhat surprising anytime news of an Iowa commitment comes from a name we had not heard, even if it is just mid-May.

Wednesday morning at approximately 2a.m. Iowa time, Bob Lichtenfels of Scout.com reported that Jarvis Drayton of Port St. Lucie, Florida (currently at Milford Prep Academy) was selecting Iowa.

Lichtenfels quoted Milford Prep head coach Bill Chaplick as saying that that Drayton had committed on Monday.

HawkeyeNation.com reached Chaplick early Wednesday morning to speak more about this surprise.

"I think he is going to commit in the next few days. They (Iowa) are going to be back in the office next week, so Jarvis plans on committing to them next week." Chaplick told us.

It's likely that Drayton has either made up his mind and has told Coach Chaplick, and they will be telling the Iowa coaches soon, or that that has already taken place and they are waiting on something in the next few days.

Whatever the case may be, all signs are pointing to the Hawkeyes landing a third running back from the elite preparatory school. Fred Russell came to Iowa via Milford Prep, as did freshman to be Shonn Greene.

" Jarvis has been here going to school and going through winter workouts since January," Chaplick said. "We just had our big spring combine where he ran a 4.5 forty, at 195-pounds. He has good speed, great quickness and he seems to be a really good running back."

Chaplick has yet to see Drayton run in a game at Milford. Drayton, who played at West Centennial High School, carried the ball 189 times for 1,430 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, earning first team All-Area and second team All-State honors. Last year his team featured a successful two-headed rushing attack.

"What I saw pf him on film is that he is not as big of a running back as Shonn Greene, but he is bigger than Freddie Russell. I won't be able to project him until he plays for me; we play a JV college schedule and that is going to be different than when he played in Florida."

It's not certain as to how long Iowa has been involved with Drayton, but Chaplick provides at least some point of reference.

"I don't know how long Iowa has been involved with him, but I know that it has at least been since January when he arrived here."

Based on comments given by Chaplick, Drayton becomes the second known Hawkeye commit in the class of 2006. Even though Milford is far away from Iowa City, he already has a future teammate to bond with in Julian Smith.

Smith committed to Iowa back in February.

"He (Smith) has adapted quite well. He will be a great player for Iowa," Chaplick said. "He will be growing up by living away from home. He has already gotten his test score and he will finish up his core courses and he will be there in January."

The likely defensive end prospect has some coveted physical attributes.

"He showed well at our combine; he was 6-4, 220 and he ran a 4.50 forty. He looked great. We have been working with him all winter on his speed, quickness and his strength, and it showed at the combine."

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