Gaglione Joins Hawkeyes' 2008 Class

For the second year in a row, Iowa has picked up an Ohio defensive player of the year. Last year it was Bruce Davis, this year it is Division 3 defensive player of the year Joe Gaglione. The DE/LB hybrid put up some gaudy numbers as a senior and is headed to Iowa City. Read more from Joe in this premium recruiting update.

Joe Gaglione, one of the most productive players in the nation on defense, has given his verbal commitment to play for Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes. The 6-3.5, 213 pound DE/LB took an official visit to Iowa City this weekend, and left as a Hawkeye.

"They gave us a tour of the facilities, we met with all the players, they gave us a host, took us out, let us do some stuff," he said. "It was a great atmosphere out there, everyone gets along really well. The facilities are unbelievable."

After leading the state of Ohio in sacks, putting up over 100 tackles and 20+ tackles for loss, Gaglione had received offers from Indiana and Pittsburgh, as well as strong interest from West Virginia and Virginia. The Hawkeyes, however, impressed him most, with Joe knowing he might commit to the Hawks on his visit.

"It was definitely an option before I headed out there," he said. "I knew halfway through yesterday that I wanted to."

The visit also included some time with Ricky Stanzi, a former high school teammate.

"We met up last night, we talked about everything," he said. "He said it's a great place, so that had an influence on my decision."

The decision was well received on Saturday morning, when he informed Ferentz he'd be headed to Iowa City.

"He was very excited. He said I fit the mold at what they look for in defensive ends. He was happy I committed, he's looking forward to it," he said. "They said I could probably come in and rotate or start as a true freshman. That all depends. If I want to redshirt, I can. If I do play, I'll primarily be a pass rusher."

Even though he had previous scheduled visits to Pittsburgh and Indiana, Gaglione says he's done with recruiting and won't be taking any other visits.

"I had some visits scheduled, but pretty much they're all done with. I'm just happy with my commitment to Iowa," he said. "I'm not going to go to their visits, I'm through with all of that."

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