Illinois Prep LB Visits Iowa City

As the Iowa Hawkeyes near the end of spring ball, with the their final scrimmage set for this Saturday, its a last chance opportunity for some prospects to catch a practice. On Thursday, Joliet, Illinois (Catholic) linebacker Kevin Rouse made his way to Iowa City to watch the Hawkeyes practice.'s Josh Clark caught up with Rouse, and offers this report...

The Class of 2006 was heavy on linebackers for the Iowa Hawkeyes as they signed five on the dotted line.

Due to that fact, it is not likely the Hawkeyes will sign more than two linebackers in the Class of 07'. Still, there are prospects worth evaluating, which includes Kevin Rouse.

"Coach (Norm) Parker told me he thought I was a great football player and he liked my speed," Rouse told "Coach (Lester) Erb is the coach recruiting me, and he's told me he likes me, too, but they want to see me attend at least one day of their camp. I know they signed five linebackers in last year's class so I'm guessing they have to see something real definitive to make them offer me."

Rouse arrived in Iowa City around 3:20 p.m. in the afternoon, and began his visit with a tour given by one of Iowa's current grad assistants.

"I've seen everything at Iowa before, but I've always liked their weight room. I really like their strength coach, too," Rouse stated.

Rouse then made his way out to watch one of the Hawkeyes final spring practices.

"They were just doing helmet-to-helmet, but I liked how everything was fast paced," added Rouse, who as a junior recorded 90 tackles, 25 for loss. "Coach Parker does a great job coaching the linebackers. I really like the way how he taught and reinforced technique with his players."

After practice, Rouse caught up with current Hawkeye defensive tackle Ryan Bain.

"Ryan knows my former teammate Chris Jeske pretty well, so we caught up a little bit. He told me he really likes the school at Iowa, and he also told me how much he likes the strength coach (Chris Doyle)."

Rouse finished up the day with a quick exchange of greeting with head coach Kirk Ferentz.

Rouse will be a participant in the All-American Combine in Iowa City on April 22nd.

The Hawkeyes also hosted Indianapolis Roncalli quarterback Paul Corsaro on an unofficial visit Thursday

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