FS Jonathan Zanders Ready to Make a Hawkeye Hit

The Iowa Hawkeyes received their second commitment this past Thursday. Once again, the recruit hails from in-state and also fills a big position for the Hawks this recruiting season in the defensive backfield. Cedar Falls free safety Jonathan Zanders (6'2 180) did not take long in deciding Iowa was the place for him. He tells HTO.com even more about his commitment in this interview.

A week ago, no Hawk fan could honestly say that he knew the identity of FS Jonathan Zanders. Even hailing from Cedar Falls, IA, there still was not much attention put on Jonathan. However, now with his decision to attend Iowa, it will not be long until a lot of attention comes to focus on Jonathan.

"I officially received an offer this past Tuesday," Jonathan said. "It was on Thursday that I made my decision. I had it in the back of my head that I would receive an offer from Iowa, but I thought it would be after camps this summer. I was surprised to hear they offered this soon."

"Northern Iowa is still recruiting for the 2002 class, but they were going to offer me this summer or next fall. I had spoke to Terry Allen of Iowa State a few times, but they did not mention anything about an offer."

Jonathan is another Hawkeye that excels in multiple sports. Jonathan runs the 200 and 400 in track, with times of 22.9 and 51.0 being personal bests respectively. Jonathan also plays the three guard for the Cedar Falls basketball team. It is that kind of versatility that Iowa had to love when making the decision to offer Jonathan a scholarship.

"I went to Iowa for a visit and I could tell it was the place for me. I liked everything in Iowa City, including the campus, coaching staff, and atmosphere. The coaches had been in long pursuit of me so I felt the most wanted at Iowa. I feel fine with my decision to attend the University of Iowa. It is a program on the rise."

It just so happens that the toughest WR that Jonathan has gone against also will be wearing a Hawkeye uniform.

"Calvin Davis was the toughest WR that I saw play against us. He is a very fast WR and was able to break open deep off his breakaway speed."

Jonathan did not hire his desire to get physically ready to be a Hawkeye. It is no suprise that Jonathan came away very impressed with Coach Doyle.

"I saw and liked the strength and conditioning program. I could tell it will produce lots of muscle for myself. They have start of the art facilities. Coach Doyle seems to know what he is doing and you can tell by the outcome of his players."

Now, Jonathan will prepare for his senior season this fall. Speaking of outcomes, Hawkeye fans will be ready to see Jonathan certainly produce some winning outcomes for many years to come.


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