Armwood Safety Familiar with Hawkeyes

Armwood High School has been good to Iowa through the Kirk Ferentz Era. The Hawkeyes again are looking to the Florida high school in the Class of 2011. Josh Grady holds an Iowa offer. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the safety recruit to find out the latest on his search for a college and his relationship with Iowa. Read all about it right here.

Armwood High in Seffner, Fla. uses the Hawk as its mascot. Maybe that's why the school sends players to Iowa.

Antwan Allen, Chris Brevi, Kalvin Bailey and Lance Tillison (still on team) have joined the Hawkeyes after prepping at Armwood. Iowa recently offered a scholarship to 2011 safety Josh Grady.

"It's nice that we've had that many players go there," Grady said. "Anytime I have any questions about Iowa, I can just call one of them."

After being offered by the Hawkeyes about a month ago, Grady spoke with Tillison.

"He just told me that if you go there it's all about working hard," Grady said. "It's not about being flashy. It's about hard work."

Phil Parker is leading Iowa's recruitment of Grady.

"My coach got me on the phone about month ago at the school and it was Iowa's DB coach in the other end," Grady said. "He told me that they were going to offer. Since then, we talk on the phone about twice a week."

Grady said that Iowa likes how he plays football but also are impressed with his character and academics. He's plays quarterback at Armwood.

"I played safety as a freshman and then I became a quarterback," he said. "My game is more about the intangibles. I'm not real big. I'm not real fast. But I can make plays in key situations."

Grady watched Iowa in January when the Hawkeyes knocked off Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

"They were really physical," he said. "It just seems like a down-to-earth program. The coaches are down to earth. They know what they're talking about and it's a real stable program.

"They recruit guys with real good character."

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound, dual-threat QB threw for 1,553 yards with 18 TDs with five interceptions in leading Armwood to the 4A state semi-finals as a junior. Iowa, Northwestern, South Florida, Iowa State and Western Kentucky have offered scholarships to Grady.

"I'm really open to anything right now," he said. "This summer, I'm going to go visit the schools that have offered me. I'd like to narrow the list down to five and pick before or at the beginning of my season so it doesn't get in the way."


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