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My Dark Friend has finally recovered from the Saturday night partying after the victory over Purdue. "I've had enough Boilermakers", he told me, and unsure of whether he meant Purdue, drinks or both. He was still in a jovial mood when he called me on Monday morning. He has some things that he wants to share with the readers. Basketball recruiting, football recruiting, and the upcoming Spartan game are all covered.

1. Nick Dewitz related very well to the Iowa players, better than at the other schools he has visited. This may be a big weapon for Iowa to use to overcome the negative recruiting being used against them now. Dewitz played in the shirt & skin game on Saturday morning and showed off his game to the pleasure of the fans in attendance at Carver-Hawkeye. I feel that Nick will be pleasing Iowa fans at Carver-Hawkeye many more times in the furure!

2. Maurice Shaw would be the next target on the basketball recruiting horizon. Shaw, a 6-9, 220 pound PF from Seattle has bounced around various cities and schools the last few years. Now that he has settled in Seattle, he will try to get his past inconsistencies behind him and become the player that he can be.
UPDATE: DeWitz's commitment means you can scratch Shaw off your wish list.

3. Deon Sherrell, a 6-4, 240 pound wing forward from Schoolcraft CC in Livonia, Michigan is another player that Iowa is looking at. As his size would indicate, Deon can also crash the boards. However, the Hawks seem to prefer Dewitz.
UPDATE: See Above

4. Another wing player the Hawks are looking at is Devon Evertson, a 6-6 190 pounder out of Moon Valley High School in Phoenix. However, don't look for the flight of this Phoenix native if the Hawks get a commit from Dewitz. The same goes for Jerrah Young from Chicago St. Rita.
UPDATE:: See #2 and #3

5. Could Jonathan Stupar have seen a better example of great tight end play at Iowa than last Saturday against the Spartans? When the State College, PA visitor had dinner with Kirk Ferentz How many times do you think that Dallas Clark's name & style of play was mentioned? My guess is…………44!

6. Fred Russell has had a great start to the season. However, some have already started thinking about his talents being displayed on Sunday afternoons. Fred needs more seasoning and more strength before he can become the Hawkeye version of Barry Sanders.

7. The Scales of Justice are being tested in West Des Moines as everyone has started to weigh in on Valley's Jason Scales. Seneca Wallace was in attendance on Friday night at the new Valley Stadium for the 55-52 upset victory by Ames in six overtimes. ISU is bringing out the heavy artillery to help prevent Scales from joining teammate Alex Willcox at Iowa. Apparently Danny and the junior program in Iowa don't think that the legacy of Aubrey Devine can influence Jason. We shall see.

8. Ted Bentler is the toughest river city player this side of Brett Maverick . Had Ted not committed to Iowa this early, he would most certainly have become a national recruit next year. There are not many seniors in high school that are 6-4, 240, and capable of running a 4.6 in the forty. His early addition to the Iowa family is welcomed for several reasons. First, it may allow the staff a little more comfort in recruiting defensive ends this year. Second, it fires a salvo to Adrian Arrington, Greg Coleman & Jason Scales that the Hawks are coming, baby!

9. The Hawks will be meeting their second Heisman Trophy candidate opponent on Saturday in Charles Rodgers, the great wide receiver from Michigan State. Rodgers' catch at the back of the end zone against Notre Dame may be the best seen in college since the Marquis Walker play in the corner of the Kinnick end zone last year. Rodgers has more speed than Walker and will undoubtedly be the #1 WR in the NFL draft next April. Rodgers #1 uniform will be a target for the Iowa defensive backs all day. The Parker Brothers better cough-up a defensive lozenge that he can't swallow.
UPDATE: The Shadow even informed Hawk fans about the potential blow-out before it happened

10. If Tyrone Willingham had returned to Michigan State four years ago, he could have had this Michigan State team playing for the national title. They are that talented now and he would have added a player or two along the way. However, the coaching at times now leaves a little bit to be desired. MSU is rumored to be a possible suitor of Dan McCarney after this season. Iowa has the coaching talent that State lacks and may do Coach Mac a million-dollar favor this Saturday.

Hawks 44, Spartans 33

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