One prospect, in particular, who not only was one of the first commitments in this class, but was a key component due to his abilities was Anthony Bowman. When news struck on the weekend of January 13th that he would be joining fellow teammate Aaron Gant on a trip to Ohio State, it caused great concern in Iowa City.
That led to Hawkeye assistants Ken O'Keefe and Lester Erb making an unexpected trip up to Detroit, as well as many phone calls being placed by the Hawkeye staff to stay in touch with Bowman.
All the attention was beneficial as Bowman informed Coach Erb of his decision to remain a Hawkeye over the weekend.
"I called him, and he asked if I was putting my Iowa cap back on," said Bowman, who had first given his commitment to Iowa back in late July. "I told him that, yeah, I was, and he asked if it was alright to inform Coach Ferentz .He was just extremely glad to have me back part of the program."
According to Bowman, Coach Erb was a big reason why he chose to stick with Iowa.
"Before I visited Ohio State, most of my conversations were with Coach (Phil) Parker, who recruits this area for Iowa. After the visit, I was mainly just talking with Coach Erb, and I'd say our relationship benefited because of it. He talked to me as a person, and we were able to talk man-to-man. I learned that I could really talk to him about anything," Bowman stated.
Ohio State coaches were expected to arrive at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep this past Friday to meet with Bowman. That visit never occurred, and Bowman never did receive a Buckeye offer in writing.
Coach (Jim) Tressel had informed Bowman on his visit that he had an offer, but later that week, Ohio State informed Bowman they'd be getting back to him next week. That simply wasn't enough for Bowman.
"My family and my coach really wanted me to go to Iowa. My family loved everything about Iowa. My dad was really impressed that with every Iowa coach he spoke with, they were all on the same page when it came to academics and my progress. There were a lot of people that wanted me to become a Hawkeye," Bowman said.
Bowman was informed by Coach Erb last week that in his first year as a Hawkeye, he would start out as a slot receiver. Going back to his official visit, Bowman says he learned that is a position he'd like to play.
"We watched a lot of film during my visit, and they really get a lot of one on one matchups for their slot receiver against linebackers or strong safeties. Coach Erb said he really likes my speed, and how I can change the game with the ball in my hands. I think there is a lot of potential for what they could with me," Bowman concluded