Instate Harvest May Improve for Iowa

The state of Iowa looks to return with vengeance after having what many considered to be a ‘down' year for high-major prospects in the Class of 2006. The Class of 2007 will be much stronger, and there are many possibilities on Iowa's board who could see an offer come their way by the June football camp. One possibility is North Scott linebacker Shawn Gerard (6'4 195), who was asked to call the Hawkeye coaching staff on Signing Day.'s Josh Clark offers this report.......

The Iowa Hawkeyes singed a strong class of linebacker's earlier this month, nabbing five signatures, including four-star prospect Jeremiha Hunter.

Still, the linebacker position will certainly be a spot where the Hawkeyes look to add more talent and depth in the Class of 07'.

There will be a few intriguing prospects within their own state borders, primarily Shawn Gerard and Humboldt's Tyler Nielsen.

The Iowa Hawkeyes have shown strong interest in Gerard to this point.

"I received a letter that asked me to call them earlier this month (on Signing Day)," Gerard said. "When I called in, I spoke with Coach (Reese) Morgan. He told me he was looking forward to being able to see me in camp, and that he felt I should focus everything on getting better right now, and not worry so much about recruiting."

In making that statement, it would seem evident that Coach Morgan feels Gerard has the potential to earn an offer in camp. Gerard will also attend camp at Iowa State.

While on a junior day visit to Iowa State, Gerard received some feedback from assistant Chris Ash in what he felt was room for improvement.

"Coach Ash told me he wanted me to continue to get bigger and stronger," added Gerard, who recorded 103 tackles (62 solo) and 11 tackles for loss in eight games this past fall. "He felt that I needed to continue to add speed, and told me to really concentrate on improving my lateral movement. He wanted to see me become more of a sideline to sideline player."

Gerard is currently playing basketball, and noted he has been regularly lifting weights and doing plyometrics. He plans to run track and compete in the 110 hurdles and some relays, as well as throwing the discus.

In talking to North Scott head coach Dave Jacobson, he felt Gerard's best playing days were ahead of him.

"Shawn has not totally matured yet, as I believe he has a frame to be 240 to 250 pounds," said head coach Dave Jacobson. "There is no question about his toughness; He plays very physical and is a tremendous run-stopper."

Lastly, Gerard did attend the Hawkeyes' season opener against Ball State this past fall, and came away excited about the possibility of playing for the Hawks.

"I love Kinnick Stadium, and it is such a fun environment," said Gerard, who also handles punting duties for North Scott. "Iowa is one of the top 25 schools in the country, and they have great coaches. I love the way that Coach Ferentz treats his kids. It'd be fun to play for the Hawkeyes and play in a fun atmosphere like that."

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