Iowa Offers One of Nation's Elite Running Backs

Last year, there was a lot drama surrounding the Hawk's recruitment at the running back position. Justise Hairston ended up solving the problem by signing a LOI on Signing Day 02'. This year, don't look for a repeat of "As the running back turns" because the Hawks are already in pursuit of one of the top running backs in the nation. caught up with this elite RB prospect who told us he hopes to make a summer visit to Iowa City.

Darrell Blackman was viewed by many as one of the top running backs in the nation last year as a junior in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. After rushing for 2,547 yards and 32 touchdowns, it is not hard to believe why he was receiving that consideration. It is also not hard to believe why the Hawks were the first school to extend an offer to Darrell.

"I have offers from Iowa, Maryland, Boston College, Pitt, West Virginia, and Michigan State," Darrell stated. "Penn State, Georgia Tech, and Miami(FL) have all stopped by my school and are showing serious interest, also."

With so many schools jumping on Darrell's bandwagon, what criteria will he use in making his decision?

"I want to run behind a good offensive line. I also want to be surrounded by a good coaching staff and receive a good amount of playing time throughout my career."

Darrell's talents in high school have led many to believe he should have no problem gaining playing time at the school of his choice. Iowa certainly is looking for a running back with his overall skills.

Blackman currently packs 195 pounds on his 6'1" frame. More importantly, he moves his body through 40 yards in 4.4 seconds. Can Darrell envision himself in Black & Gold?

"Iowa has a good program. I have not visited yet so I'm waiting to check it out. I'm planning on hopefully coming to Iowa City sometime this summer, possibly for camp. They have sent me a lot of letters telling me how great I have achieved and that I need to keep striving in the classroom. Coach Erb has stopped by my school, also."

Darrell also plans to hopefully attend camps at Boston College and Miami(FL) this summer.

A great achievement behind the numbers Darrell achieved last season is the fact that he accomplished it in the highest class in Pennslyvania, Class 4A. Darrell also happens to be an outstanding basketball player as he was named 1st team all-state this year.

"I play a combo guard. I'm getting some smaller school interest in basketball. I averaged around 20 ppg and 8 rpg last year, and I have already scored 1,000 points after three seasons at my high school." However, Hawk fans would rather see Darrell scoring touchdowns in a Hawkeye uniform.

In addition, the Hawks are also the first offer for Darrell's teammate, FB/DE Raymond Brooks. We will want to watch these two prospects this fall.

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