Diauntae Morrow, had narrowed his list down to Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. He had a visit scheduled to Illinois this weekend, but won't be in Champaign. He gave his verbal commitment to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday night.
"I called Coach Phil Parker around 10:30 (on Wednesday) and told him to have my #1 jersey ready, cause I was going to be in black and gold," Morrow said. "(Thursday) I talked to all the rest of the coaches. I talked to Norm Parker, Coach Ferentz, Coach O'Keefe. They were real excited about it, excited about getting me down there."
Morrow, a 6-foot, 185 pound DB prospect out of Lakewood, Ohio said that the Hawkeye connection to Ohio helped the Hawkeyes immensely in his decision. Morrow said he is friends with many of the players from Glenville High School, including current Hawkeyes Arvell Nelson and Derrick Smith.
"I was old teammates with (current Hawkeye targets) Jermale (Hines) and Kyle (Jefferson) also," Morrow said. "Arvell, Kyle, and I played on the same team at the same time. I played with Jermale on the same team before Arvell. We've got a pretty good friendship."
Morrow said he'll be trying to convince Jefferson and Hines to join him at Iowa.
The facilities at Iowa were another big factor in Morrow's decision, who officially visited Iowa City on December 1st. He said they were the best he'd seen, either on official or unofficial visits, since beginning his recruitment.
Iowa loses three safeties this year and two corners the following year, could early playing time be in Morrow future?
"If I get down there and get everything done I need to, I have a good chance of playing early," Morrow said.
Parents can often play a big part in the decisions made by young men as to where they'll play college football, but Morrow's parents were nothing but supportive.
"My parents pretty much had my back," he said. "They backed up whatever decision I made. They're just supportive of me. They were going to accept it whether I went to Indiana, Illinois, or Iowa. They would have accept any of them."
Morrow expects to be fully qualified without any problems.