Although Iowa has found success in recruiting speed at the WR position the past few seasons, there was still a desire to add that Big Ten size. That may have been accomplished now with the addition of 6'6 212 Scott Chandler. Scott may not always line up at WR, but he will present problems for opposing defenses.
"Scott just continues to become more athletic with growth," Coach Todd Dodge stated to HTO.com on Sunday evening. "Scott definitely increased his stock by showing he could still run with the added size, even though he is not a burner. He is a guy that will run in the 4.7 range, but combine his agility and size and you'll present yourself with a mis-match."
Scott chose Iowa over offers from SMU and Colorado. Scott attended camps at all three schools this summer, and in fact, was offered by Iowa during his participation at camp.
"Iowa offered Scott while he was there for their camp," Coach Dodge added. "Once he got there, he had an outstanding camp and the staff loved what he could do for his size. They recruited Nathan brilliantly and nothing changed this time around with Scott."
At 6'6 212, Scott certainly will have the chance to still compete at WR, but the question will always pose if his frame is better suited at TE. Coach Dodge gave HTO.com his honest opinion.
"I'm not sure what position they'll feature Scott, but he'll be lined up all over the field for us this fall. I think they'd be wise to utilize him as a tight end, but by moving him around the field like an H-Back. Scott has a TE frame with WR skills, and that is hard to come by."
So what should be known as in common between the Chandler brothers before passes will be thrown on the practice field?
"Both are very bright young men. Scott recently scored around a 1200 on his SAT. I only coached Nathan in a summer all-star game before he headed to Texas Tech, but both of them impressed me about how their head is in the game. They are both students of the game and have a real feel for what they are doing on the field. I think they are an oustanding duo that offer a lot to Iowa."
Hawkeye fans could say that Iowa has now opened its doors to Southlake Carroll High School. The dividends will certainly show with the Chandler brothers, but Carroll also has an upcoming prospect the Hawks have already shown interest in.
"We have a junior this fall, 6'5 275 OL Adam Ulatoski, who Iowa has already begun writing. I believe he will be one of the more highly recruited kids we have had here at Carroll as he moves very well for his size. That includes a 5.0 in the forty, and he is an oustanding student. I think he will definitely open the door for interest in Iowa."
Coach Dodge was very pleasant in speaking to HTO.com and we do want to give him our thanks. Hawk fans should feel secure knowing that Iowa will be getting involved with a top class head coach, whose programs feature excellent students. Hopefully, Iowa will be in the doors of Southlake Carroll High School more in the future!