Broderick Binns, a 3-star DE prospect out of Cretin-Durham Hall HS in St. Paul, Minn. verbally committed to the Hawkeyes this week after his team finished up their season. Timing was everything for Binns, who wanted to wait until the season was over before announcing his decision.
"I just wanted to do it after my season got over with," Binns said. "Iowa just seemed like the place for me, the coaches are friendly, the environment is nice for me."
Binns said he'd already made up his mind earlier in the year, but had held out on advice from a former teammate, current Hawkeye OL Rafael Eubanks.
"I'd been talking to him pretty often about Iowa and coming down there," Binns said. "He just kept on encouraging me, telling me to finish up the season first then make my decision.
"I just kept thinking about it every day. As the season got over, I just said, ‘What the heck, might as well do it now.'"
Binns took an official visit to Iowa City in September when the Hawkeyes took on #1-ranked Ohio State, and had scheduled a visit to Arizona State on November 17th, but he said he has since cancelled that visit.
"My parents kind of enjoyed the process of going and taking visits to the campuses, but at the end they kind of wanted me to get it over with," he said.
Binns called and informed the Iowa coaching staff of his decision this week, and was met with a very warm reception.
"Coach Eric Johnson was very excited," he said. "Then he passed the phone over to Coach Ferentz and Coach Aiken, both of them were ecstatic."
Many Hawkeye fans were surprised to learn of Binns' commitment, especially following a disappointing loss to Northwestern this weekend in Kinnick Stadium. Binns said the product on the field is only one part of why he chose Iowa.
"I'm not going to Iowa for football, I'm going there for an education and football," he said.
The Hawkeyes are also showing strong interest in a teammate of Binns, Michael Floyd. Binns said he had spoken with Floyd about another Cretin-Durham product coming to Iowa City, and said it was a possibility.
"I have talked to him about coming to Iowa," Binns said. "I don't know, he's still up in there with all that stuff, but he just might be a Hawkeye."
Binns said he may be able to attend Iowa's game against Minnesota in the Metrodome next week, as his future team comes to his home town to play.
Binns is the 11th known commitment for the 2007 recruiting season, and is the first commitment since late September.