A great week got a whole lot better for the Iowa football team. After knocking off then No. 5 Penn State in Happy Valley on Saturday, the Hawkeyes moved up to 13th in the nation and grabbed a couple of recruits – DeAndre Johnson and B.J. Lowery.
Then, on Thursday, Iowa landed the big fish. A source close to the situation said Iowa City, City High quarterback A.J. Derby became a Hawkeye, ending his recruitment sooner than he felt would last into the winter as recently as last week.
The 6-foot-5, 220 pound signal caller chose Iowa ahead of offers from Florida, Michigan, Stanford, Nebraska and Wisconsin, to name a few. A.J.'s father, John Derby, lettered at Iowa from 1988-91. A.J.'s older brother Zach is a walk-on tight end for the Hawkeyes this season.
Scout ranks A.J. Derby as a three-star recruit on a five-star scale and also the 33rd best quarterback in the country. He and his City High teammates are unbeaten and rated No. 2 among Iowa's Class 4A schools.
Derby's commitment came as a bit of a surprise by his timing, not the decision. He told Badger Nation.com a week ago: "I'll take my time and take some officials (visits) after the season." He told us the same thing about a month ago.
Derby's commitment brought Iowa's verbal list to 17 in this class. Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said this week that the program is looking to take on about 20 recruits in this group.
We have messages into A.J. and hope to speak with him soon. Look to Hawkeye Nation for more on this story.