Some of Iowa's top players during the last decade have hailed from Florida. Brad Banks, Colin Cole, Abdul Hodge, Fred Barr, Mo Brown, Antwan Allen, Damian Sims and others have impacted Kirk Ferentz's program.
The Hawkeyes are looking to mine some more sunshine in Florida. They have an offer out to Dwyer High of Palm Beach Gardens defensive end Curt Maggitt.
"It's a great program, and they're having a great season," the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Class of 2011 prospect said. "It seems like I get letters from them every day. Most of them are hand written."
Dwyer advanced to the Florida State regional finals in Class 4A last Friday with a 65-7 thrashing of Stranahan. That win set up a Friday, Dec. 3 matchup with New Smyrna Beach.
"I'm really worrying about my football season right now and not so much recruiting," Maggitt said. "College can wait. I don't really have any favorites."
Maggitt has watched some great college games this year as an unofficial visitor. He was at the Ohio State for the USC game, saw Oklahoma play at Miami and witnessed Florida-Florida State in person. He also attended the Gators games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
A story ran on Scout.com earlier this week with Maggitt talking about his impressions of Florida after watching them defeat the Seminoles.
"I thought the game was tight," Maggitt told Fightingators.com. "The atmosphere was unbelievable. It seemed like something you would see in a movie.
"I talked to coach Dan McCarney and it's always great talking with him because I would be playing under him if I choose Florida. We have a good relationship."
His teammate Matt Elam already has committed to Florida's 2010 class.
"We got there a little late but the best part of the trip was talking with Coach Mac. I also talked to Rick Burgess and I can definitely see myself there. It's always fun when I go with Matt. Rick went to Dwyer and I worked out with him over the summer a bit."
Although he likes the Gators, Maggitt stated that he was open to the other schools recruiting him. He said he isn't a fan of any of the Florida schools.
"I didn't grow up rooting for any of them," Maggitt said. "I grew up rooting for the Miami Dolphins."
Maggitt said he projects as a defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level. He said that college coaches have been complimentary of his potential.
"I like to get after the ball with speed and quickness," Maggitt said. "Some of the coaches have called me a freak because of my combination of size and speed."
Maggitt said he would not be opposed to redshirting during his first year on campus. He has ideas in his mind about what he's looking for in a school.
"I'll definitely look at the history of the program and the history of the coaching staff," Maggitt said. "I want to get to know the city and the area. My family also will be a part of the decision."