Hawkeyes Land Florida Athlete

The Iowa Hawkeyes have found a several solid football players in the state of Florida during the Kirk Ferentz era, and they have gone down south again for their latest commitment. Josh Brown of St. Petersburg has given Iowa his verbal commitment, and he may start out on the offensive side of the ball.

Josh Brown has known current Iowa Hawkeye running back Jeff Brinson for a long time. Brown says the two are nearly as close as brothers, so when Jeff Brinson spoke so strongly about Iowa, Brown listened.

"He is always telling me that I had to come up there, that it was legit, that the people were real and that this was a place where I could come up and earn playing time if I gave it my all," Brown said.

"That's really all you can ask for, and that is why I committed to Iowa."

Brown committed to the Hawkeyes early this week, and one of the primary reasons Iowa won out for his services was that the Hawkeye coaching staff told him that he could give his favorite position a try.

"Iowa said I could play quarterback," Brown said. "The other schools were looking at me as a defensive back. I like that position, too, but I want to try quarterback."

Brown, who is playing receiver this year, ran for more than 1,000 yards last year and threw for 800.

Brown was also highly complimentary of the Iowa coaching staff.

"It really feels like family up there. I had some good talks with Coach Ferentz, and it just seems like the right place."

Brown hopes he can come to Iowa and play early, and he is aware of the number of freshmen that have seen the field for Iowa in the past two seasons.

"It really seems like a place where the coaches keep their word; they tell you that you can earn playing time, and you can see that with how many freshmen have been playing the last two years." Brown said.

"I definitely want to get on the field right away and help the team any way that I can."

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