Iowa Active in Florida Early in '11 Process

In the last few weeks, Iowa has handed out several offers to talented prospects 2011 in Florida. DE Aaron Lynch from Fort Myers received one on Monday as Iowa hopes to cash in after winning bowl games in the state the last two years, including the 2010 Orange Bowl.

IOWA CITY, Ia. A week after putting to bed its Class of 2011 on signing day, the Iowa football coaches are hard at work analyzing and offering scholarships to juniors.

The Hawkeyes extended an offer to DE-TE Aaron Lynch from Florida on Monday. In's newest ratings, the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder was awarded three stars on a five-star scale. He also secured an offer from Miami the same day after earlier getting rides from Alabama, Florida State and West Virginia, among others.

Lynch is one of four Floridians to receive an early offer from the Hawkeyes. Curt Maggitt (DE), Mike Blakely (RB) and Dallas Crawford (CB) are the others.

It's nice to see Iowa and Rick Kaczenski working the talent rich the Sunshine State, especially the relatively untapped southwest area. De'Andre Johnson is the only representative from Florida to join the program in its last two classes.

The Hawkeyes profited greatly in harvesting Florida when Kirk Ferentz was rebuilding the program a decade ago. They lost some ground there after Bret Bielema left for Kansas State.

Kaczenski is a great fit for that assignment. He's an energetic, young guy that can handle the travel and the heavy competition for prospects.

Like Lynch, the big names are hunting Maggitt. Florida, Miami, Tennessee and Wisconsin all are offering scholarships. Here's a link to a story of him talking about Iowa and his recruitment.

Crawford picked up an Iowa offer last week. It represented his first one from BCS school. Here's a link to the cornerback talking about the Hawkeyes and his recruitment.

Blakely only rates as a one-star recruit according to Scout, but he'll gain more during the next evaluation process. He already holds offers from Clemson, Iowa State, Rutgers, South Florida and Syracuse. At 5-9, 175, size is the question for the speedy back.

Here's a story on Blakely that we published today.

Iowa also is monitoring wide receiver James Whitfield from Fort Myers and Carl Williams, a safety from Jacksonville, among others from the land of Oranges and Grapefruits.

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