Every year, Hawk fans usually get to enjoy one in-state prospect that slipped through the cracks. It happened later in the recruiting season last winter in the commitment of DE Mike Elgin. This time around, the Hawks may very well have caught their best in-state news around the a time of disappointment in a game that was fumbled away to the Cyclones.
"Iowa had known about Mike since his freshman or sophmore season," Coach Scott Frerichs informed HTO.com on a Sunday evening following his team's third consecutive victory on Friday night. "I believe the chance of seeing Mike perform in the state championship in both wrestling and track also helped them get a better idea of his great athleticism."
So why did still wait until the season had started to extend a scholarship offer?
"Last season, Mike was not our primary tailback so they wanted to see his first two games this year. His performance in his first two games spoke volumes on how he performed with his potential. They know a lot about Mike as he has even attended their summer camp the past two summer's."
In Mike's first two games, he rushed for 209 and 225 yards, respectively. This past Friday he had only 134 yards, but still got his team in the endzone on three occasions. So far this season, Mike has rushed for 567 yards on 45 carries, including nine touchdowns.
"Iowa ended up offering Mike on Wednesday or Thursday of last week," Coach Frerichs added. "He went home to speak to his partners, and I don't believe it was too hard for him to make a commitment. Iowa recruited him as an athlete."
At only 6'2 205, Mike will certainly be a prime candidate to put on some muscle. The question that always lies on the shoulders of undersized "backers" is will they be able to maintain their speed?
"Recruits always talk about their speed, but everyone is timed differently. I was able to back-up Mike's speed with his track performances, including a 15.1 in the 110 meter high hurdles, which earned him second in Class 3A. Mike has good football speed, moves well laterally, and carries his pads well."
Mike has gotten off to good start on the defensive end of the ball, too, including one interception and one caused fumble. At this time, Iowa is recruiting Mike as an athlete as the rest of the recruiting class will likely determine his fate. However, with Mike's toughness and athleticism, it would not be hard for one to view something potentially special as a fullback.