Iowa Stands Number One for New Jersey WR

When Coach Darrell Wilson first stepped foot in Iowa City, talk began on this board about both his tremendous ability to recruit and his geographical recruiting areas. Chatter began about his roots back in Camden, New Jersey. Now that Garden State background is helping the Hawks be in very good position to receive official visits from two to possibly five prospects. There is also a certain Camden WR who happens to have Iowa sitting number one on his list. has the latest!

It is not often when you see many east coast prospects in fascination with Iowa before viewing the campus and city in person. However, that has been the case for New Jersey WR's Greg Hill and Byron Williams. Both have told that Iowa is the current favorite without taking visits, and caught up with Camden Catholic wide receiver Byron Williams to get the latest on his situation.

"My offers have been increasing," Byron said. "I now have offers from Iowa, Rutgers, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Hofstra, Townson, Temple, Maryland, and Central Florida. I attended camps at Rutgers and Penn State. Penn State gave me a verbal offer two days ago so hopefully it will show in writing this week."

Byron is not quiet about naming a favorite, although. It also happens that Iowa has been his favorite for a quite a while now.

"Iowa is my number one choice at the moment. I like their program and their mailings are unbelievable. I have favored them since the beginning of last season. They send me a lot of mail and have informed me a lot as they would talk about the season, their bowl game, and the school. Also, Coach Wilson is from around this area and his nephew, Marcus Wilson, will be a sophmore WR with me this fall. Marcus is going to be good."

"I'd say that West Virginia and Rutgers would be the next schools to follow Iowa. However, I have my mind pretty set on Iowa right now."

There is a pretty good reason why Byron is pretty set on playing in the midwest at Iowa, too.

"I want to play in the Big Ten. They have awesome competition and I believe it is the best conference for football."

What is even more impressive is the fact that Byron has still heard the east coast doubts on his choice of favoring Iowa, but has not allowed that to distract him.

"A lot of my teammates and people always ask me why I'm favoring Iowa. They all think it is just a bunch of cornfields. I'm anxious to get out and see what the school is like. Coach Wilson told me that when I come out there that I will see everything in front of me and it will all come in place."

Byron still has to qualify as he only scored an 810 on the SAT. Byron plans to make his decision during the fall as he is determined to work on his academics. In fact, he has already set an official visit to Iowa City.

"I'm coming out for the Iowa State game on September 14th. I know it is a night game and it is the in-state rivalry so it should be a lot of fun. My teammtes, QB Nick Cangelosi and LB Joe Kedra, might also make the visit. I have not talked to them much about it, yet."

Iowa has even popped up for Byron while on the road checking out other schools. At the Penn State camp, Byron even had the chance to hear more excitement about Iowa.

"A wide receiver at Penn State camp from Connecticut raved about a QB that signed there last year. I remember the kid's first name was Blake. Blake told me that the QB Iowa signed from there last year is just unbelievable and can do so many things. I'd like to get out there and see how well he performs."

That quarterback would happen to be Jason Manson, who is slated to arrive in Iowa City this week. It appears Jason's name may help the Hawks in east coast recruiting this year.

Byron still has some off the field priorities to set straight in getting the necessary qualifying score. However, there is a reason many have called him Mr. Excitement in New Jersey for his skills at the WR position. He possesses the the size (6'3 190) and tools to be a Big Ten performer. Now Hawk fans will have to sit back and wait to see if that will be happening in a Hawkeye uniform.

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