Showers Says Iowa in Mix for His Services

Even with nine verbal commitments in the 2011 Class projected to be on defense, Iowa still is pursuing a need at cornerback. One of the top targets at that position is Michigan product Valdez Showers. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the four-star defender to find out where the Hawkeyes stand and get an update on his recruitment.

Sometimes getting them to campus can be the hardest thing.

Iowa has been trying to get 4-star cornerback Valdez Showers to Iowa City for a while now, but still have had no luck. With that said, they seem to be in an OK spot for now with the nationally ranked No. 9 player at his position in the 2011 Class.

"I have always tried to find a way to visit (Iowa)," Showers said. "I"m looking at maybe going there on officials. I need to talk with my parents and everything.

"From everything I hear, they are a program with a lot of tradition. I looked and everything has been going really well there the last couple of years. They are going to be contenders for years to come."

The Madison Heights (MI) product has over 15 offers, but has listed Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, and Auburn as all teams that are recruiting him the hardest to this point. Showers is adamant that he is wide open at this point and is just trying to enjoy the process. Currently he has no timetable on a decision.

"For me, it's been extremely easy," Showers said. "A lot of reporters ask me how I have been so calm and stuff, but it's been easy. I don't have a problem picking up the phone. "This is a time you are a supposed to enjoy. I'm trying to do it. I'm just letting everything come. I will know when the time is right. I just want to be sucked in by the program and feel it."

At 6-foot, 180 pounds, he finished his junior season ('09) with 1,572 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns. He also had 49 tackles, broke up 12 passes, and caused three fumbles.

For the Hawks to jump out in front with soon the be senior, they will need him to visit the program. Something that is stressed to him every time he visits with Coach (Phil) Parker.

"They aren't even really trying to talk about football with me right now," Showers said. "They are just focused on getting me to campus. They keep saying just get here and check us out.

"It makes you feel that they have really good coaches. It seems like they aren't going to just use you for football. They want to get to know you on a personal side.

"Coach Parker is a great coach. He seems really calm and laid back, but he has a strong side as well."

Showers reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 20 ACT. He plans to major in Chemically Engineering.

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