The Iowa Hawkeyes feature one of the top linebacker duos in the country in Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway. That will soon be coming to an end as both are in the twilight of their collegiate careers. That leaves the linebacker position as one of the most crucial recruiting needs in the Class of 2006.
Iowa made a strong attempt to shore up that position in hosting three linebacker prospects, including commitment Julian Smith. Kevin Green and Jeremiha Hunter were the other two, and Green had plenty to say concerning his visit to Iowa City this weekend.
"The blackout was very nice, and the people are really into football there in Iowa City," said Green. "Just with how much everyone supported the team, and what a great atmosphere they made it. Iowa definitely had the best social life of the official visits I have taken thus far."
Green, who has already officially visited Purdue and Boston College, gave the Boilermakers the edge in academics. He plans to major in something related to computer science.
From the get-go, the Hawkeye coaching staff made it apparent they brought the three talented linebackers in together this weekend for a reason.
"The coaches told us that we were three guys they really wanted to land at linebacker, and they brought us in together in hoping that we could begin to get a good feel for each other. It was nice being around all of those guys, and we all hung out together primarily when were with our hosts," stated Green.
As far as where Green would be positioned at linebacker compared to the other two, it is something Iowa did not specify too much.
"They told me they could see me playing at either strongside or weakside for them," added Green, whose team is currently 7-2. "They are in need of linebackers with what they have leaving, and they said they really like the fact that I'm an intelligent player at linebacker and could combine my intelligence with my athleticism to make plays. They like that I am able to cover in space so well with my quickness."
Green was hosted by fellow Chicagoland native and current true freshman Dace Richardson.
"Dace was a cool guy. He let me know the reasons why he chose Iowa, and that Coach Ferentz is a man true to his word. Coach Ferentz isn't a guy that sells himself, but rather lets his actions dictate what others are saying about him. Everyone said he is very upfront and straightforward, and that was exactly what I felt when I spoke to him. He shared a few stories with me, let me know where I stand with them, and basically was just a good guy to talk to," said Green.
Green said he was unaware of whether he'd make any more official visits, but was remaining to open to certain schools who continue to show interest: Alabama (no offer), Nebraska (no offer), Minnesota, and Duke.
"Right now, there is no set timetable for when my decision has to be made and I feel I have seen what I need to see in order to make a good decision. I believe I'll have it made by the start of December, but we will see what happens," concluded Green.