This represents the second week in a row that I produced an installment of the "recruiting roundup." If I can keep it up for a few more Fridays we might be able to call it a regular feature. We'll see what happens.
Last week, we received the big news that Williamsburg Lineman Austin Blythe verbally committed to the Hawkeyes for the Class of 2011. While nothing broke like that on the beat in the last seven days, it still was eventful.
Much of the talk in recruiting circles centered on Andrew Salter's official visit to Iowa City last weekend. The Iowa Western Community College point guard hasn't said a word about the trip publicly, but we did get information from an assistant coach at his school.
Michael Johnette answered some questions we all wanted answered. Salter received an Iowa offer, he set up another visit (to Hawaii this weekend) and he's expected to graduate in a few weeks.
Here's some additional information that I heard this week:
The Iowa coaches want Salter. They like him a lot and he is their No. 1 target right now in 2010. They would sign him, close the class and move on if they could.
I'm told that Iowa coaches are worried that the kid won't be admitted into Iowa because of academics despite Johnette saying Salter is set to graduate from community college. I'm not sure if that means his grades aren't good enough or what. Stay tuned on this one.
-I brought you CoCo Ware's name a few weeks ago courtesy of a Van Coleman tip. The Mississippi JC point guard and an assistant at his school were excited by Iowa's looking at him.
The Hawkeyes' interest seems to have cooled on CoCo. I don't think he's out of the picture, but I don't believe he gets an offer until Salter is out of the picture, if that happens. Even then, CoCo still might not get the ride and McCaffery could choose to roll with what he has on the roster and bank the schollie.
-I don't think that Iowa was broken hearted that Ben Brust opted out of his letter of intent with the school and signed with Wisconsin. The guard from suburban Chicago isn't the ideal fit for new coach Fran McCaffery's system.
Some bad blood began flowing between the parties when Iowa and Brust found out a full release from his Hawkeye scholarship didn't allow him to accept a scholarship from another Big Ten school. He later received a waiver from the conference.
Brust didn't really connect with the new Iowa staff after the release. The Hawkeyes also were concerned that he might be a bit on the short side for a Big Ten shooting guard. He's listed at 6-foot-2 in most places, but he looked more like 6-0 in person.
-Iowa is getting involved with 2011 forward Jacob Lawson of Oak Ridge (North Carolina) Military Academy, as I wrote about in this story. The Hawkeyes also are evaluating his classmate, Michael Neal, whom you can read about here.
Iowa fans might want to keep an eye on Uchebo. Until the Class of 2012, 7-footer signs with the Wolfpack, other schools will inquire about him.
NC State Coach Sidney Lowe is entering his fifth season in Raleigh, where he has posted a 71-62 record overall and a 20-44 mark in the ACC. There's a reasonable chance that a coaching change could happen there before Uchebo signs a letter of intent.
Again, keep an eye on this kid.
-A few more prospects picked up offers from the Iowa football program recently:
Torrey Campbell, an athlete from Naples, Fla., shows a scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes according to Scout.com. He's receiving a lot of interest from schools around the country, but in a recent article he names Iowa as a program that stands out to him. He's profile page says he has high interest in us.
The 6-4, 220 Tabb caught seven passes for 177 yards and two scores as a junior.
A new defensive end also shows an Iowa offer this week. Quinton Jefferson (6-4, 207) plays for Woodland Hills High in Pittsburgh. He also holds offers from the hometown Panthers, Illinois, Wisconsin, Boston College and West Virginia to name a few.
As a junior, Snyder had 153 carries for 1341 yards (8.77 yards per carry) and 22 touchdowns. He caught 28 passes for 634 yards (22.64 yards per carry) and six touchdowns. He had 109 tackles and three interceptions and four caused fumbles.
-Another basketball name to keep an eye on is brought to you by the Times-Republic of Marshalltown.
Denzel Yard played a semester at Siena for McCaffery before failing to make the academic grade. He has since joined Marshalltown Community College.
Author's Note - I realize that I have spent a lot of time working basketball recruiting recently. I've believed there has been a lot of interest there and have attempted to build contacts needed to report on it going forward.
I apologize for the lack of coverage on football recruiting. My plan is to begin to balance that out starting next week.
Previous Week's Installment of recruiting roundup.