Furlong Becomes Latest Hawkeye

Zach Furlong, an offensive athlete out of Xenia High School in Xenia, Ohio, gave his verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes yesterday, after Eric Johnson paid a visit to Zach, his mother, and his coach. Read more about his recruitment, his commitment, and much more in this premium recruiting update.

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Zach Furlong, a 6-5, 220 pound athlete out of Xenia HS needed only one official visit before making a verbal commitment to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Monday night.

"Eric Johnson stopped by yesterday," Xenia head coach Ed Mignery said. "He sealed the deal, did a great job with (Zach) and his mother and myself. We had a good meeting together."

Zach is a 3-sport athlete, currently running track, playing basketball, and playing football. Furlong also played baseball early on in his career. During his high school career, Zach has played tight end, wide receiver, and most recently, quarterback. Iowa looks to be recruiting him as an H-back/tight end.

Many Iowa fans had not heard of Furlong until he appeared on a visit in Iowa City on December 1st, but the coaching staff has had their eye on Furlong for a while.

"They recruited him last spring, they just wanted to see some senior film," Mignery said. "That's when his stock went way up. We played him at QB as a senior. As a junior he was a WR/TE, as a sophomore he was a TE.

"When they saw how much speed he showed with his athletic ability as a quarterback, I think that's when they made their offer in the middle of the year... Zach didn't go to their summer camp, which has a good meaning for a lot of colleges."

On his visit, Zach got the opportunity to take in an Iowa Basketball game, as well as a tour of the facilities, both athletic and academic.

"Coming away from Iowa, he saw the magnitude of the Big Ten school, he was very impressed with the facilities," Mignery said. "The (biggest) thing he was impressed with was the coaching staff and the quality of education.

"He was very interested in a commitment to make sure that coach Ferentz's young men have a very good graduation rate and tutoring. That was something that really impressed him was their commitment to helping him."

When Iowa Assistant Coach Phil Parker was on staff at Toledo, he recruited several of Mignery's athletes, a relationship that helped in the recruitment of Furlong.

"He and I were able to talk candidly about Zach. I gave him my opinion of him. What (I) told him, he went back and watched the film and was very much impressed. This kid is a premiere athlete out of Ohio and he's somebody that they won with in years past with guys like him.

"At 6-5, 220, he's a 3-sport athlete. He's got a lot of upside as far as strength and size-wise. They're really excited about having him as a quality athlete."

Mignery also sees Furlong helping open up the offensive playbook with his diverse skill set.

"What he brings to the table there is where they'd like to have him moving around," Mignery said. "He can block because he's tough. He can catch a pass. He can get up the middle with 4.5 speed. He's tall, he's rangy, he makes a great target.

"I think he also brings the ability when we split him out wide to throw a WR double pass. He can offer that threat also, because he's played QB."

Look for comments from Zach tonight on HawkeyeNation.com

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