South Jersey made a good impression on the Iowa Hawkeyes in the month of January with the commitments of RB Albert Young and WR James Townsend. It did not stop there, though, with this past weekend's late commitment of CB Khalik Price.
"I had spoke to Albert before," Khalik commented. "He and I are very excited to play together. I had met both James and he at football banquets, and I actually saw James play on television."
So is he glad he will only be facing Townsend during practice?
"Yeah, I'm glad," Price added laughingly. "He has good size and speed. He is very good, and will create some match-up problems. I'm happy he is a Hawkeye."
As Reese Morgan stated in an interview with HTO.com, cornerback was the one hole not filled in the class of 03'. Therefore, the staff continued to search for a possible late addition.
So how did interest pop up in Price?
"I had always liked the Hawkeyes as a team, and then a couple weeks before Signing Day, Coach Wilson stopped by my school. I guess one of his friends had passed my name along to him. There were some transcript complications at first so that is why I did not visit before Signing Day, and then the coaches took their vacation."
Khalik actually made his visit this past weekend at the same time of the first annual FanFest held by the University of Iowa football team.
"I was impressed. They made it a good event. It was great to get so personal with all the players."
So adding that in with the all the other components of his visit, what was his overall feelings of the Hawkeyes?
"They have great dedicated fans, and the fans treat the players great. Also, the coaches are more than just coaches. They care about their players personally. Plus, they had world class facilities."
Khalik who adds to the already large amount of already qualified prospects in the 03' class, carries a 2.67 GPA and scored a 970 on the SAT.
Did he receive any interest from other programs?
"Kansas State showed a lot of interest, and I thought I was headed there, until the coach left the school. When a coach leaves so does the idea. I received interest from Ohio and Kentucky, and Norfolk State offered me a scholarship."
Khalik has also demonstrated great speed in Winslow Township's track program anchoring the 4x100 and 4x200 teams. He has been timed in the low 10's in the 100 meters.
In the end, with the late commitment, what type of corner will the Hawks be adding to their program?
"I have the physical aspect of being able to jam receivers. I'd say my speed gives me a pretty good advantage as well. Working with Coach Doyle will only help benefit my abilities."
One classic saying has always been, "Save the best for last." Have the Hawkeyes followed that approach with the lone cornerback in the class of 2003?