Hawkeyes Land Derrick Smith

It was a very important recruiting weekend for the Iowa Hawkeyes as they hosted as many as eight prospects, seven of whom had yet to make a decision. That number was reduced to six by the time Sunday came around when Glenville, Ohio's Derrick Smith verbally committed to the University of Iowa. Read Smith's comments on his visit and how he feels things went with two of his fellow teammates that also made the trip with him, including highly touted quarterback Arvell Nelson.

When the 2006 Ted Ginn, Sr. Bus Tour made a stop in Iowa City this summer, several Cleveland area prospects were exposed to Iowa Football program, something that might not have happened had Ginn not put the trip together.

Three of Ginn's players, Derrick Smith, Bryant Milligan and Arvell Nelson were on that summer trip and all three made official visits to Iowa City this past weekend.

In the case of Smith, he left as a verbally committed member of the Iowa Recruiting Class of 2006.

"I committed. I really felt like this was the time. We are getting pretty late in the school year and signing day is really close. So I just felt this was the time to do it and I am glad that I did," Smith said. "The coaches told some jokes, they talked to us like regular people, they told us the truth about how things would be. I feel real comfortable with them."

"I was out there this summer for their camp with Coach (Ted) Ginn. This time around I was able to learn more about the academic parts of Iowa. They have tutors for the players and the coaches told me they wanted me to get a degree rather than leave as being just a football player without a degree. Things like that. I also liked that things are real close together on campus and I will not have to travel too far to get to classes or to the learning center.

Smith was a hard hitting linebacker for Glenville, but his future may be in the defensive backfield once he arrives at Iowa.

"They told me linebacker or a strong safety. I really don't have a preference; whatever helps the team and helps me get out onto the field as fast as I can," said Smith, who is 6-feet, 180-pounds.

Smith dealt with a nagging injury at many of the spring and summer camps, so his reported 40-yard dash time was in the 4.8 second range. That number is much closer to 4.6 or better, according to Smith.

While on his visit, Smith was able to sit courtside for Iowa's win over Arizona State on Saturday night.

"They love their sports out there," said Smith of the Iowa fans. "I didn't expect anyone to recognize me, but when I was walking around with some of the current players, the students definitely knew who they were; that is something about being at Iowa, people know who you are."

The Glenville program is synonymous not only with success on the field, but its name also carries great respect on the recruiting trails. Several former Glenville stars have made a name for themselves at the college level, including Ted Ginn, Jr. of Ohio State.

Last year, Iowa recruited Glenville linebacker Freddie Lenix who ultimately chose Ohio State.

Smith becomes the first ever player from Glenville to commit to Iowa.

"I am really glad that I am the first one because a lot of people go to Ohio State. I feel more comfortable going somewhere else. It feels good at Iowa as a player." Smith said.

"Coach Ginn told me that they are good people out at Iowa and that he would support me coming out here. He wants the best for me."

As for a Glenville to Iowa pipeline being started, you could hear the smile beaming on Smith's face through the telephone.

"Yeah, I hope that is what will happen. I am going to be working on Arvell and Bryant a little bit over the next few weeks."

To read more recruiting updates from this weekend and recent days, click on some of the links below:

ALL USERS: A.J. Edds Confirms Great Feelings on Visit to Iowa
Glenville's Bryant Milligan Iowa Visit Update
Glenville's Arvell Nelson Iowa Visit Update
Hawkeyes Offer Suprise Visitor
FL LB Troy Johnson Talks About His Iowa Visit
Connecticut Defensive Back Visits Iowa
Iowa City-Regina Kicker May Walk On at Iowa

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