The state of Connecticut has been a track record of success for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the past few years, landing their potential QB and RB of the future in Jason Manson and Jermelle Lewis. Now the Hawks may be on the momentum slide of landing two of their lineman of the future from the state of Connecticut.
Richard Kittrell has been well documented since last spring as far as his interest level in Iowa. However, this fall the Hawks have also began to climb the list of yet another Hamden, CT lineman in 6'5 290 Eric Ball.
"I've been doing a little research on Iowa," Eric said. "I've checked their background and the tradition behind the school. Coach Ferentz spoke to me on the phone, and I could tell how dead center he is with how he keeps things simple and straight to the point. He is the only coach who has yet to feed me a line so far."
Eric currently has offers from Iowa, Boston College, Michigan State, Syracuse, Maryland, UConn, and Wisconsin. He has a tenative official visit set to Wisconsin on November 22nd, and has verbally committed to a visit to Syracuse.
All the schools, except for Boston College who is recruiting Eric as an OT, have been recruiting Eric as a DT. Does Eric prefer one side of the ball?
"I know I have the ability to play both sides. The coaches are the ones who will make that decision in seeing what I can do on the practice field. I will play either side of the ball."
With Eric's versatility on playing either side of the ball, what will be the biggest factor in his decision?
"Actually, distance will be Iowa's or any other midwest school's biggest challenge. I want to be near home right now so my parents can see me play. Although, if I see something at Iowa that tells me that is where I belong then I will not let distance affect my decision."
Living out in Hamden, CT, the past few years Eric would not have received the chance to view Iowa play during their re-building. However, with a break-out year being displayed on national TV each week, many prospects have been exposed to the Black & Gold. Has Eric caught the many exciting Hawkeye moments this fall?
"I saw them play Michigan State on ESPN," Eric added. "They dominated the game. The stadium looked real packed, and the crowd appeared very much into the game."
Eric informed HTO.com that Iowa has a very good shot in receiving an official visit. Right now, that would be considered the biggest challenge for the Hawkeyes, but we all know we've seen them overcome many obstacles the past few years.