Regina Kicker Daniel Murray Visits Iowa

Iowa received a huge commitment this summer from All-American Ryan Donahue, considered by some as the premier kicker/punter in the nation. However, Iowa's search for specialists continues. When one of the Midwest's best kickers in your own backyard, it's is easy to understand. Iowa City Regina kicker Daniel Murray made his official visit to Iowa last week &'s Josh Clark offers this report, plus more recruiting notes on other prospects, in addition to this weekend's visitor list.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are running thin on scholarships in the Class of 2006 as they still have a few holes to fill at certain positions; those positions most notably being cornerback and linebacker.

With Kyle Schlicher being the only scholarship kicker on roster, and commit Ryan Donahue projected to start out as a punter, Iowa cannot afford to ignore special teams. That is why the Hawkeyes hosted hometown Regina product Daniel Murray on an official visit last weekend.

"Iowa told me they will only use three scholarships on special teams, and with Donahue, all three are taken," said Murray. "Still, they want me to join the program as a preferred walk-on and said I'll have a realistic chance to earn a scholarship after Schlicher graduates. My only other opportunity is a partial scholarship at Kentucky for soccer with the chance to be their kicker, but right now I'm leaning towards walking on at Iowa."

Murray did not begin his visit until Saturday (12/10) morning after having played in a basketball game on Friday night, but says the visit went very well.

"It was a pretty nice visit. On Saturday, we toured the entire campus, had academic meetings, and even toured Kinnick Stadium. After that, I had a meeting with Coach (Lester) Erb and I like him a lot. He was a real nice guy. Iowa definitely made a move up my list after the visit," stated Murray.

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Regina teammate Mike O'Connell was also extended a "preferred walk-on" invitation and he told us how many Iowa prospects the staff will invite as preferred walk ons. CLICK HERE for that information.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz met with Troy Johnson, a linebacker who played on the best high school football team in the nation last year. He has an offer from Iowa and you can read his comments and thoughts by clicking here.

Glenville, Ohio's Bryant Milligan returned from a visit to Toledo in advance of his Iowa visit this weekend, and you can read this thoughts HERE.

Unofficial list of visitors to Iowa this weekend:
Arvell Nelson
Rick Stanzi
A.J. Edds
Troy Johnson
Bryant Milligan
Derrick Smith
Lance Tillison

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