Could one high school's recruits ever top the accolades earned by the Steubenville Trio? Calvin Jones won the Outland Trophy; Eddie Vincent was all-Big Ten tailback while Frank Gilliam was an honored receiver that went on to NFL fame.
Call it inflation because in 2002 three is not enough. Iowa has offered four football players from the same high school. I was admittedly stunned when I heard this information. That prompted my call to Bob Jones, the articulate Head Football Coach of Fort Worth Dunbar.
"Iowa has offered four players at Dunbar", said Jones. "They may eventually offer more but four is the correct total at this time. There are several other talented players that will have to deal with academic or playing issues before Iowa will probably offer" added coach Jones.
Here is a rundown on the players that the Hawks are involved with at Ft. Worth Dunbar High School with comments on each by coach Jones:
1. Michael Turner, RB, 5-10, 185, 4.3
"Turner rushed for almost 2,000 yards last year. Mike has been clocked in 10.5 in the 100 meters, but he is probably even faster than that. I think that he is very capable of running a 10.3. Iowa is in his final five."
2. Ernest Mason, WR, 6-0, 185, 4.2
"Mason has been clocked in the 100 meters in 10.2. He was 2nd in the AAU Junior National Track Meet in the 100. Mason had 20 catches last year, but is starting this year as the proverbial triple threat. He had 300 yards of total offense in our come from behind 35-32 defeat of Brownwood in San Antonio on Friday. He returned three kicks for 196 yards including an 87 yarder that he took to the house. Mason also caught 6 passes for 119 yards and rushed for 64 yards in three carries. Iowa is in his final five."
3. Terion Caldwell, FS, 6-2, 195, 4.4
"Terion transferred from Beaumont this fall. He has outstanding speed and is a sure tackler. Caldwell had 20 tackles in the victory last Friday. Iowa is in his final five."
4. Charleston Gray, 6-3, 280, OL
"Gray is very athletic for an offensive lineman. He assisted us on defense in order to help us stop Brownwood's final drive. Iowa is in his final five."
5. Brandon Armie, 6-2, 290, OG/NG
"Brandon is extremely strong as he is a great performer in the weight room. However, he needs to carry this same desire over into his on field performance."
6. Marcus Martin, 6-5, 255, TE
Martin probably will be an OT in college. He still plays too high and need to get his pads down. Marcus also needs some work in the classroom before qualifying."
HTO.com will have more information part two of our two part series. Hawk fans should learn to play plenty of attention to this group of prospects throughout the fall!