Coe Can See Himself Running at Iowa

The type of offense being run is very important as Rodney Coe searches for a college. The '11 Standout RB recruit visited Iowa this weekend and came away impressed with the Hawkeye coaches and their attack. Find out what the Illinois prospect had to say about his trip in this HawkeyeInsider.com premium update.

Rodney Coe has license to be cocky. The 2011 running back recruit holds scholarship offers from a who's who of college football programs.

You wouldn't know it from speaking with the Illinois native. He's as polite and kind as a kid taking his first recruiting call.

"I just stay humble," the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder said. "I just see this as a good opportunity to get out and see a lot of colleges. I want to enjoy it because it's real exciting."

Coe is touring the Midwest this week in search of a school to attend. He's traveling to Nebraska on Sunday night after spending the day in Iowa City following a Saturday in Norman, Okla.

"I'm just leaving Iowa City now," Coe said when I spoke with him at about 6 p.m. local time. "Everything about (Iowa) was really nice. I enjoyed everything about it.

"The coaches were great, especially Coach Lester (Erb), my position coach."

Scout.com ranks Coe as the seventh best running back in his class and recognizes him as a five-star recruit on its five-star scale. In addition to his Iowa offer, the bruising call carrier holds rides from Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Miami, Nebraska and Wisconsin, to name a few.

Coe toted the rock 106 times for 978 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.

"The offense being run is very important to me," Coe said. "I want to make sure I can see myself fitting in as a football player and with the atmosphere at the school. Academics are important and so is PT (playing time). I'd like to be able to play as a freshman or a sophomore.

"I'm just going to keep taking these unofficial visits and weigh my options. By the time I'm a senior, I'll use however many officials I need to find the place that's right for me."

Coe could see himself fitting into an Iowa attack that loves to run the football. He's aware of the history, including alum Shonn Greene, who won the Doak Walker in '08.

"That's why I was really excited to see Iowa," Coe said. "I wanted to get a look at the offense, and I could see myself running the ball back there."

The Iowa coaches spent a lot of time explaining their offense.

"They really did a good job of showing me how they would use me," Coe said. "They just gave me a lot of great information. They also told me how much they wanted me, which made me feel good."

Coe said he does not have a favorite and is keeping his mind and options open as he makes his way to campuses around the country.

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