Big Weekend Of Visitors

The Iowa Hawkeye staff is hosting several football recruits, in the second-to-last weekend before signing day on Wednesday, February 6th. A few in-state prospects, a few already committed players, and a few new faces will be in town. Read about them in this weekend preview.

Casey McMillan, a 6-4, 275-pound lineman prospect out of Billings Central Catholic HS in Billings, Montana will be in. Iowa has yet to offer the lineman, but McMillan may be in line for a late offer, with only one OL commit, in James Ferentz. Due to his excellent blocking ability, Jonathan Gimm may be in line for a look on the line later in his Hawkeye career, but will be joining the team as a tight end come fall.

Hawkeye commit Marcus Malbrough will be headed to Iowa City on Saturday night, one day later than the other visitors. Malbrough is staying back to play in a basketball game. Malbrough's team currently holds a 7-0 league record, 16-7 overall. They're facing overal leader Atascocita, who sits at 20-7. West Brook has won 5 in a row, Atascocita has won 4 in a row.

Malbrough committed to Iowa on January 8th, having never seen the campus. Malbrough had originally hoped to attend Purdue University, but after Purdue was unable to assure him admittance to PU, the Boilermaker staff helped put him in contact with Iowa. After some hard work, Malbrough appears ready to qualify. This will be his first trip to Iowa City. He'll be staying until Monday afternoon.

Iowa has joined the race for sleeper Florida WR Derek Winter. The 6-foot, 4.6 prospect out of Plant High School in Tampa, Florida has picked up two impressive offers in Iowa and Georgia Tech, while also seeing interest from a number of other SEC schools. Next weekend, Winter will be visiting Georgia Tech.

Winter caught 192 passes in four seasons at Plant, for nearly 4000 yards, including a county-record 90 receptions his junior year. His senior year, he caught 75 passes for 1,668 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Quick Hits

  • Steven Staggs, a speedy receiver out of Oskaloosa will be taking his last official visit to Iowa this weekend, hoping to snatch up a late offer. After cancelling a visit to Air Force, Staggs has an offer on the table from Northern Iowa, as well as preferred walk-on offers from Purdue, Northwestern, and Iowa.
  • James Hurt is in much the same boat as Staggs at this point, hoping to grab a late in-state offer. He'll be in for a visit
  • Jake Reisen, Rodney Gillis, and Hawkeye Commitment Jack Swanson are also scheduled to be in Iowa City this weekend.

Look for updates on Sunday and into early next week on how some of these visits went as the Hawkeyes look to wrap up the class of 2008.

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