Hawkeye Insider Recruiting Roundup: May 7

Hawkeye Insider gets subscribers up to speed on the week in recruiting. This week's installment includes items on Austin Blythe, Anthony Salter, Ben Brust, CoCo Ware and others.

Subscribers have emailed me with recruiting questions the last few weeks and the answers were on the tip of my tongue (or computer keys). Why? Well, in some cases, the news for which they were searching already had been posted in the Swarm.

Sometimes I don't get enough information on a subject or topic to justify writing a story. It might be an update or a tidbit or an opinion.

I'm going to attempt to be more cognizant of busy folks who don't have the time to read every thread or may miss items because of their schedule. I hope to provide more notebooks and roundups for one-stop shopping.

The "Recruiting Roundups" could appear more than once a week, but you mostly will see it on Friday's. I will try to finish it up Thursday night so it gets to you by Friday morning most times.

So, without further ado, here's this week's installment:

-The big news of the week came out of Williamsburg, Iowa, where athletic 2011 lineman Austin Blythe verbally committed to the Hawkeyes. The 6-foot-3, 275-pounder has won two state wrestling titles and throws the shot and discus for the track team.

Blythe could end up at guard or center on the offensive line. He might also get a look at defensive tackle if Iowa struggles to build future depth there this year and next. He's that athletic.

-Anthony Salter sent me a message earlier this week that he would be visiting Iowa this weekend. The point guard from Iowa Western product originally signed with Auburn but was released from his Letter of Intent with the Tigers after a coaching change.

Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery and Assistant Andrew Francis visited Salter at Western during the last open contact period a few weeks ago. I've been told that he has academic work to complete this summer to be eligible for a Division I school.

You have to figure that McCaffery feels pretty good about him achieving that grade to bring him in for a visit and spend time recruiting him.

-As we reported earlier this week, CoCo Ware, a combo guard out of East Mississippi Community College is hearing from Iowa. He earned first-team all JC all-America honors last season.

Ware would have only one year of eligibility at a Division I school.

-A couple of players have popped up with football offers in the Class of 2011. That doesn't mean they received those options this week but that it was recently reported by HI or Scout.

Quarterback Josh Grady from Armwood High in Seffner, Fla. picked up a scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes. Iowa State, Northwestern, South Florida and Western Kentucky also have offered the 6-foot, 185-pounder.

With two WRs verbally committed in Jacorey Shepherd and Marcus Grant, you have to think we'll take at most two more at the position in this class. A new prospect appears on the radar this week, joining a large list of offers out by Iowa.

Quentin Gardener from Guyer High in Denton, Texas added Iowa to his offers from Minnesota and Wake Forest. Scout.com classified the 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect as a possession-type receiver with good instincts.

Jacob Ruddock a quarterback from Fort Lauderdale also holds an Iowa offer. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound signal caller is called a pro style type by Scout with the ability to move in the pocket and pick up yards when it's required.

Nick Menocal, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound LB/DE from Miami and safety Rodney Mills (5-11, 175) from Tampa recently picked up offers from the Hawkeyes.

-If you've been following the recruitment of Ben Brust , you probably need a vacation. At the very least, you might require some type of graph or chart to keep track of the latest news.

Brust hasn't spoken publicly since being released from his Iowa letter of intent on April 12. His AAU Coach, Mike Weinstein, has talked a lot during the process and it's been tough to follow the information which at times seems conflicting.

Separate reports this week had Brust down to Northwestern and Wisconsin, where he visited on Friday. Another story said that the 2011 guard would visiting Iowa.

The last day of the late signing period is May 19th.

-I contacted 2012 guard prospect Casey Kasperbauer from Carroll. He said he had not spoken to McCaffery.


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