Big Names Coming in for Combine's Josh Clark checks in and provides some updates on the latest from the recruiting trail. The All-American Combine in Iowa City on April 22nd continues to build more momentum as many of the Midwest's best players are telling they will come and perform. Clark reports on some of the latest key registrants, including one of the nation's premier running backs.

Columbia, Missouri (Rock Bridge) wide receiver Brandon Gerau (5'11 160 4.65)
Alongside tight end Aron White, Gerau is one of the top targets for highly recruited quarterback Logan Gray. Add Rock Bridge running back Scott Concannon to the mix, and you can see the offense's explosive power. Gerau attended Iowa camp last summer, and has been invited to attend Iowa's one day Elite Senior Camp this coming summer. According to Gerau, the Hawkeye staff was impressed with his hands, and how quickly he was able to get off the line and create separation.

Eden Prairie, Minnesota linebacker Bryce McNaul (6'3 235 4.7)
Perhaps the top prospect in Minnesota in the Class of 2007, McNaul also attended Iowa's camp this past summer. Iowa has not yet offered McNaul, but he surely is a linebacker that sits high on their board through early evaluations. In 14 games last fall, McNaul recorded 143 tackles (27 for loss), seven sacks, four caused fumbles, and three interceptions. Teammate, linebacker Blake Sorensen (6'1 208), is also receiving a look from the Hawks. It is McNaul, though, that I believe has a better shot for an offer as of now. He will be a participant in the April 22nd All-American Combine in Iowa City, and I'd expect the Hawkeye coaching staff to keep a close eye on him.

Florissant, Missouri (Hazelwood West) linebacker Lamark Brown (6'3 220 4.5)
One of the top three prospects in Missouri, if not the best, Brown made a verbal commitment to Kansas State this past weekend. Still, that commitment came as a surprise to many across the Midwest, and I don't believe this recruitment is completely over. Brown, who plays safety in high school, and with his frame and physical build is the type of rangy, hard tackler that is hard to find. He has to improve his academics, and is still a raw talent at this time, but I don't believe there is any question he is a guy the Hawks will stay in contact with. Brown is scheduled to participate in the All-American Combine on the 22nd.

Harrisonville, Missouri linebacker Michael Keck
Keck also ranks as one of the top prospects in Missouri in early evaluations, and is one of the more athletic, speedy defensive prospects you will find in the Midwest. Iowa has not shown as much interest as others thus far, but I have to imagine that could soon change. He projects more as an outside backer than at defensive end. Iowa has invited him to one of the Junior Days, which Keck has not been able to attend thus far, but Keck very well could be a participant in the All-American Combine.

Clay Set to Attend All-American Combine:
One of the nation's premier running backs, John Clay out of Racine, Wisconsin (Park), faxed in his registration for the All-American Combine in Iowa City this past week. Clay joins an outstanding cast of running backs set to participate, including Thomas Merriweather, Dale Martin, Robert Hughes, Derrick Washington, and others.

It's also believed, as long as there no schedule conflicts, that highly regarded offensive lineman Josh Oglesby will participate in the combine. Oglesby will be making several visits during the week of the combine as he has school off due to Easter Break, and it appears he will end the tour by stopping in Iowa City for the combine.

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