The Hawkeyes have not had their share of in-season official visits the past few years, but that is taking a change for the better with many top prospects scheduled to check out Kinnick this fall. Two of those prospects will be making the tirp this weekend in Herb Grigsby and Byron Williams.
Herb Grigsby is somewhat of an unknown to Hawk fans, but he has not been an unknown to the Hawkeye coaching staff. The Hawks were the only out of state school to offer Herb this spring in recongizing his talents despite his size. Herb is slight of build at 5'11 160, but at his height he will be able to add pounds. What makes up for his size is his heart and electrifying performances on the field, including last Friday's outing in which he caught ten receptions for 310 yards and four touchdowns.
Herb has recently been offered by Arizona and Oklahoma State, and he will give deep consideration into visiting those schools. However, the race is most likely to come down to Iowa and Arkansas, much like last year with Chris Baker. Herb was in Iowa City this summer for one day during camp, and came away very impressed with the facilities and staff. The staff has loaded themselves on good physical wide recievers, but may be lacking a playmaker at both receiver and special teams. The Hawks have let Herb know they are also recruiting him to be their future return specialist. So while Herb's name may not be well known amongst Hawk fans, he is one of the top priorities for the Hawkeyes this fall in their search for a playmaker on the field.
Byron Williams is not a newcomer to the Hawkeyes as he was offered shortly after his junior season. He also has had the Hawks at top of his list since that time. Without making a visit to Iowa City, Rutgers and West Virginia have both climbed up near the Hawks. That does not mean the Hawks' chances are slipping as Byron is very pumped up for this weekend and will likely make a decision within two weeks after his visit.
Byron recently picked up more offers from Purdue and Akron University. Purdue is a big offer for Byron, but it appears that they have entered the race too late. Only a bad visit to Iowa City could help Purdue's chances, and with the atmosphere of the game and Bryon's excitment, that likely won't happen. Byron's first game is this Friday, and he will be flown out of Camden at 6:20 EST on Saturday morning.
Camden Catholic Sophmore WR Marcus Wilson, nephew of Hawkeye OLB/Special Teams Coach Darrell Wilson, will be paying for own his way out to Iowa City to accompany Byron on the visit. Marcus may be ranked as a Top 5 receiver in the country in a couple of years.
The Hawks are still actively recruiting Camden Catholic LB Joe Kedra very much, also. Joe has a slew of offers, but gaining a commitment from Byron will certainly help the Hawks chances of landing a visit from this top flight LB.
The Hawks will also be hosting several prospects on unofficial visits, including Trevor Laws, Clint Huntrods, Scott Chandler, Taylor Schrage, Derrek Blackwell, and several junior prospects, including WR Adrian Arrington, RB Greg Coleman, LB Matt Kroul, and LB/DE Ted Bentler.
In another tidbit, the Hawks are very excited about the in-state class for 03', including the three mentioned above who have already gained offers and commit Matt Kroul. HTO.com has learned that Linn-Mar has a very intriguing prospect in a junior QB this fall, and there may be one or two more prospects emerging from Cedar Rapids Washington. The in-state class for 03/04'is looking to match the great class of 00/01'.