Iowa Recruits Unware of Alford Departure

If Steve Alford is leaving for New Mexico, his future recruits haven't heard from him. talked with several future Hawks and asked how an exit by Alford might affect their commitments to the Hawkeyes.

Two 2007 Iowa recruits were unaware of Steve Alford taking the New Mexico job, reported earlier Wednesday by HN publisher Jon Miller.

"All I've heard is what everyone else is hearing," said guard Jake Kelly from Carmel (Ind.) High. "I heard that New Mexico has asked to talk to him."

The father of Kansas City forward Jarryd Cole also hadn't heard anything in regards to Alford moving on. Jarryd was out playing ball at the local recreation center and wasn't available for comment.

"You can call back and tell (Jarryd)," the elder Cole said laughing. "I'm not going to tell him."

The elder Cole said that if it was up to him, he would prefer his son choose another school other than Iowa should the Alford to New Mexico report be proven to be true. He said that his son would likely re-evaluate his decision.

Kelly also said he would have some thinking to do should Alford be gone to New Mexico.

"I really like the university, but I also like Coach Alford and that's a big reason why chose Iowa," Kelly said. "I would think about things for awhile, but chances are that I would stay at Iowa."

Asked for the main reason that Cole chose Iowa, the elder Cole didn't mince words.

"We like Coach Alford," he said. "We like Coach Neal and the other assistants, but Coach Alford is the reason we chose Iowa."

Asked if Jarryd would consider a switch to New Mexico should Alford end up there, the elder Cole said that was very unlikely to happen.

HN also called Dairese Gary, the third recruit in the '07 class, was at work his father said. HN will attempt to get in touch with him later this evening or tomorrow.

Mike Gatens, father of '08 verbal Matt Gatens, also had not heard anything beyond New Mexico requesting permission to speak with Alford as of Wednesday afternoon.

If any member of the '07 trio wants out of his letter of intent to Iowa, he would need to be released by the university.

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