The first weekend in December is proving to be another very big recruiting weekend for the Hawkeyes. WR Brad Ekwerekwu is one prospect scheduled to visit on the 6th, and he is one of the most emerging prospects in the state of Texas. Brad is a very similar prospect to Clint Solomon, but a more immediate impact type talent because he has more size and strength. The Hawks have both Ekwerekwu and WR Drew Weatherly high on their list, and would love to sign at least one of the group. However, if the Hawks are able to sign both, they will be adding a great deal of flexibility to WR depth.
There have been a lot of conflicting reports on the recruitment of H-Back Champ Davis. Champ has officially received offers from Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, West Virginia, and a few others. However, at this time, he plans to visit Kansas State, Georgia Tech, and Florida, whom all have not offered at this point. The most conflicting question on Champ is what position he will play at Iowa? He is being recruited as an H-Back by the Hawks. What is an H-Back? It is very similar to a fullback, but actually crosses as a mix between a fullback and tight end. Champ will be used in many similar situations in one back sets as Jeremy Allen and Edgar Cervantes have been used. Cervantes has been be used more out of necessity. Davis will also be used as a target in the slot often as he has very soft hands and good receiving skills. The signing of Davis does not end the Hawks recruitment of any fullbacks. They will still be looking to sign one pure fullback for blocking purposes.
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You can add another DT prospect to the Hawkeye radar screen. We first brought to you Hamden, CT DT Eric Ball, and have another east coast name to bring you. George Eshareturi, a 6-3, 290, DT, will be a name heard this recruiting season. Hailing from the Bronx, George attends Mount Saint Michael High School. HTO.com will be looking to gain an update very shortly!
Also, on a sidenote, the Hawks have not offered OL/DL Desmond Gray from Detroit, Michigan at this time. The Press-Citizen report reported this, but now the Hawks have higher rated prospects on their board.
HTO.com is also hearing there may be a surprise OL visitor in the near future for the Hawks. It appears Iowa may have re-opened some doors, and HTO.com is still inquiring into the situation. Our sources have not given us permission to use a name yet, but we'll alert all Hawk fans as soon as we can.
DT Teraz McCray was only able to visit this past Saturday with a play-off game he played in on Friday night. Although he missed the football banquet, reportedly his visit still went very well. Teraz is another upcoming prospect with very good potential. In last Friday's game, Teraz actually broke his wrist in the 1st quarter and played the whole game. After the game, he informed coaches his wrist was hurting. The result of finding out he had broken his wrist and still played is very impressive. Therefore, toughness should be an issue raised for Teraz as in others.
The Hawks have both Ray Lankford and Reggie Smith scheduled to visit in December. However, Reggie has been leaning towards Ohio State as of late, and has cancelled two Iowa visits to this point. If the Hawks are able to land Lankford, do not expect the Hawks to sign anymore LB's, including Reggie.
The emergence of prospects Eric McCollom and Raymond Brooks have pushed back the official visit dates of Dave Shinskie and James Stevenson. The Hawks have asked both to re-schedule, after originally being scheduled for the December 6th weekend.
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