Staggs Headed to Iowa City

Steven Staggs, 6-2, 185-pound burner from Oskaloosa, Iowa has decided to accept a preferred walk-on spot at the University of Iowa. Read more about his decision, his thoughts on Iowa, a former teammate in Iowa City, his plans of for the summer and much, much more in this premium recruiting update.

Steven Staggs, a 6-2, 185 pound receiver out of Oskaloosa (Ia.) High School had committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes, accepting a preferred walk-on offer from Kirk Ferentz and the rest of the staff.

Staggs, who put up some incredible numbers (particularly a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash) on his way to co-MVP at the 2007 Scout.com combine in Kansas City, held full offers from Army, South Dakota and Northern Iowa, as well as preferred walk-on offers from Iowa, Purdue, and Kansas State.

He made the decision this afternoon, but didn't tell anyone, outside of his recruiting coach, until late tonight.

"I called (Coach Morgan) this afternoon," Staggs said. "He was real excited about it, he told me I made his day. He said he'd give Coach Ferentz a call and let him know.

"I did that this afternoon, but I didn't say anything because we had a big basketball game against the #1-ranked team in the state, and I didn't want to mess with that before the game."

Oskaloosa lost the game by 5 points, but Staggs was still excited about his college choice as HawkeyeNation.com spoke with him, on his way home from the game.

"The coaches were a big plus," he said of Iowa. "All of them, you can talk to them on a personal level. Then having Tyler Sash there made my decision easy, having a player on the inside. I've played with him since first grade in just about everything.

"He's tearing it up out there. I know what he can do, and he knows what I can do. He told me he thought I could compete pretty well out there, so that was a comforting thought."

Because of a broken leg in his junior year, Staggs said his recruitment may have been set back a little bit.

"My junior year, not playing, really hurt a lot," he said. "All they had to go off of for me was senior tapes and camp. Coach Erb said they really liked me in camp, they were just waiting on quite a few guys in front of me, and it came down to the end."

Army finished second in the race for the speedster's services, and he had nothing but good things to say about the team.

"I already called them, they wished me the best. They're a great coaching staff, Coach Brock is really going to do something great with that program, it'll be neat to follow them over the next few years, see how they do."

Staggs said he'd be staying in Oskaloosa over the summer, lifting weights, but will be headed to Iowa City often to start working his new teammates, before joining the 105-man roster for fall camp in August.

When Staggs describes the way he plays, it brings to mind a former Hawkeye receiver.

"I'm more of the possession receiver that's going to run the great route and make the tough catch for a first town, make the third down coach. I just try to make plays whenever I can, I don't try to go out of my comfort zone.

"I do whatever coach tells me to do, and I try to do it to the best of my ability. I wouldn't say I'm a deep ball receiver or a short ball receiver. I can do both pretty well. I'll do whatever the coaches want me to do, and I'll do it the best I can."


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