Hawkeyes Land First Commit of 2008

The Iowa Hawkeyes received 11 verbal commitments in December, the most ever for one month. On Tuesday, HawkeyeNation.com has learned that Iowa has landed its first verbal commitment of 2008, and it comes on the defensive side of the ball; Texas DE Marcus Malbrough.

As reported on the Clubhouse Tuesday afternoon, Marcus Malbrough has chosen to play football for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Below, you'll find a story filed after speaking with Marcus' coach, Craig Stump. Check back later for a Q&A with Marcus himself, who is currently playing in a high school basketball game.



Marcus Malbrough, a 6-foot-5-inch, 230 pound DE from West Brook High school in Beaumont, Texas has committed to play football for the Iowa Hawkeyes, according to his head coach, Craig Stump.

Malbrough, who finished the year on several All-District lists, despite sharing time with two other defensive ends garnering Division 1 interest, Blake Chavis (a former Iowa target) and Shane McCarroll. Malbrough.

Iowa has recruited Texas well, with Jacody Coleman, a spark plug seeing spot time this past season, being from the same high school. Even though they shared a high school field, that wasn't a deciding factor.

"They're not real close friends, I don't think that's the connection," Stump said. "I think the connection is that fact that they do a job coming down here. I see Iowa more than I see the University of Houston."

Stump also pointed out Carl Jackson and Kirk Ferentz as two of the main reasons Marcus is headed to Iowa City.

"They do a wonderful job," he said. "Coach Jackson recruits here for Iowa, and they're very upfront, honest with all our players. They really wanted him, and they were honest with all of them. Coach Ferentz does a great job."

With several Iowa players having what Coach Ferentz described as "conduct" problems recently, fans will be excited to hear that Malbrough is not likely to run into the same problems.

"He's a very sharp individual, very nice, well-mannered," Stump said. "A clean-cut kid. You can always count on him to do the right thing. He's got a real good mom and family. A pleasant kid to be around."

Malbrough held offers from Oklahoma State and Baylor, in addition to his Iowa visit. Previously planned visits to Oklahoma State and Baylor this month have likely been canceled, with only an official visit to Iowa on January 25th remaining.

We hope to speak with Marcus himself soon. He has a basketball game this evening, but when we get in contact with him, you'll find a Q&A with Iowa's latest addition right here on HawkeyeNation.com.


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