Jonathon Zanders is not a forgotten man after making an early decision to attend the University of Iowa last spring. In fact, his role on Cedar Falls' squad has been the biggest reason for their early season success.
"Jonathon has been doing everything for us this fall," Coach Pat Mitchell commented. "He has been phenomenal as a return specialist on both kick-off and punting. He had 6 returns for 156 yards in one game. He averages around three or four catches as a wide receiver, also."
While Jonathon can easily be described as "Mr. Versatility" for the Tigers, it is at strong safety where he is recruited to play for Iowa. In fact, Jonathon still carries his name best in the defensive backfield.
"He is doing a fine job at strong safety," Mitchell added. "Against Cedar Rapids Washington last Friday, he intercepted a pass and returned it for a 55 yard touchdown."
While Jonathon's fine play against CRW stands out, the outcome of the game did not stand out quite as much as Cedar Falls was handed their first defeat. One primary reason for the loss was the play of Cedar Rapids Washington junior WR Adrian Arrington.
"He's a very good player, I mean very good. Physically, he has good hands, height, and athletic ability. He runs routes very well, and a presence on the field. I am really impressed with him as a player."
Certainly, both the Hawkeyes and Jonathon would love to see the match-up occur often in the future during practice. While Arrington is going to receive his share of limelight, is the overshadowed Zanders just as big of an impact type player?
"I have never coached in the Big Ten so I cannot translate success for you on that level. However, Coach (Reese) Morgan did his homework in evaluating film of Jonathon and they did a fine job recruiting him early. The coaching staff saw he could do some things, and I've seen it myself many times."
Jonathon is emerging quickly as possibly the best defensive prospect in the state to Iowa this year. While Nebraska has still shown some interest, Coach Mitchell assured there is no reason to worry for Hawk fans.
If you are in the Cedar Falls/Cedar Rapids area, HTO.com strongly recommends you get an early look at a future and potential future Hawkeye as they make their names out on the field.