Football Recruiting News and Notes

The May evaluation period begins next Monday, and the Iowa Hawkeye staff will be one of of very few around the country out on the road in the initial week leading up to the All-American Combine in Iowa City on the 22nd.'s Josh Clark offers his insight on some developments you may see occur next week...

Every year in the opening week of the May evaluation period, head coach Kirk Ferentz and assistant Reese Morgan make a tour around the state of Iowa.

On Monday, you can expect them to begin in Eastern Iowa where they will visit Bettendorf High School and check out the lone in-state prospect to hold a Hawkeye offer thus far; wide receiver Colin Sandeman.

By the end of Monday, Sandeman may not be the only in-state prospect to hold a Hawkeye offer. Both Coach Ferentz and Coach Morgan will also be making their way by Oskaloosa High School to meet with head coach Darrell Schumacher, who was a defensive coordinator for Coach Morgan at Benton Community High School in the 80's and helped coach Chad Hennings.

Do not rule out the possibility of Sash being extended an offer, but certainly the Iowa coaches may await to see him in camp, as well. The rumblings I have heard indicate there is feeling Sash is the best all-around athlete in the state.

I wouldn't expect any offers to be handed out to any offensive lineman before their summer camp, but certainly MFL-Marmac offensive lineman Brian Rodas (6'5 260) is a guy that has the Hawkeyes interest right now.

I'm also a fan of Davenport Assumption athlete Kyle Steinbrecher; who is a division one athlete; it's just a question of what position he can play. He has very good hands to give some thought at wide receiver, but he will have to prove his route running ability at camp.

One other name to keep an eye on as we approach April 22nd and the All-American Combine is Des Moines Roosevelt cornerback Kameron Middlebrooks, who did not play this past season due to injury. His sophomore film is impressive, and according to head coach Joe Hornback, he has the most upside of any of his prospects (cornerback Jeremy Batiste and linebacker Fabian Brown will also attend the combine).

There have been more recent registrants for the All-American Combine this week. Probably the biggest name to register was Oak Creek, Wisconsin defensive back Victor Reynolds, a transfer from Milwaukee Bradley Tech High School. Reynolds is a phenomenal athlete, and one of the top sprinters in the entire country having been timed 6.33 electronically in the 55 meter dash.

Clayton, Ohio (Northmont) quarterback Clay Belton and Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania (Thomas Jefferson) safety Dominique DeCicco will also be participants in the combine.

Quincy Notre Dame Prep offensive lineman Jack Cornell also has indicated he will be attending the combine, and it is expected Batavia, Illinois defensive lineman Mike Garrity may also attend.

The state of Michigan could end up being very well represented by the end of this week if both Detroit Mumford and St. Mary's Prep are able to bring down their prospects, which include cornerbacks Cedric Everson and Dionte Allen, wide receiver Taurian Washington, quarterback Justin Siller, linebacker Alex Dellisi, and offensive lineman Daniel Tate.

Detroit Cass Tech defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale is also expected to know by the end of this week whether he will be attending the combine

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