What now? Iowa's 2011 RB outlook

Iowa fans can cross two more running backs off their list of 2011 targets this week. So what are the options now? HawkeyeInsider.com's Josh Harvey examines the position and the rest of the Iowa offerees.

With two more 2011 Iowa running back offerees off the table this week:

1.) Jameel Poteat / (Bishop McDevitt HS / 4-star (No. 15 RB overall) - Pitt

2.) Justice Hayes / (Grand Blanc Community HS) / 4-star (No. 16 RB overall) Notre Dame

It's not time for Iowa fans to panic just yet, but the pool at running back for 2011 is getting smaller.

It's time for HawkeyeInsider.com to break down what Iowa's future might have to offer in the coming months when it comes to running back.

First and foremost, the Hawkeyes would like to take two running backs in 2011, speed and power.

At this point, there are still four known offers extended to running backs who have not committed elsewhere. Of the four, one has narrowed down his choices to six schools and is not considering Iowa.

Rodney Coe - (Edwardsville HS in Illinois) 6-3/240/4.67
Scout.com 5-star player (No. 7 RB overall)

Coe hasn't been taking phone calls from reporters for a while now, but last time HawkeyeInside.com talked with the soon to be senior, he indicated he was still open to Iowa.

"I wanted to get a look at the offense, and I could see myself running the ball back there," he said after a visit. "They really did a good job of showing me how they would use me."

Coe is your power back. He has been described as a running back in a defensive end's body. He doesn't have the fastest motor, but his strength and vision will allow him to be a big time back in whatever conference he decides to play in.

Schools he's considering besides Iowa: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Melvin Gordon- (Bradford HS in Wisconsin) 6-1/185/4.50
Scout.com 3-star player (No. 54 RB overall)

Gordon might be getting close to becoming a sure thing for Iowa fans. He has stated on numerous occasions to multiple reporters that Iowa is his leader and everyone has catching up to do.

"They've got a great head coach," he said about Kirk Ferentz. "He always steers them in the right direction and I like how he's real. He's straightforward and tells you things that are true."

The only drawback about Gordon is everyone involved will have to be patient. The 2011 prospect wants to take all of his official visits in the fall.

Schools he's considering besides Iowa: Tennessee, Wisconsin, Alabama (no offer), Michigan State and Cincinnati.

Darrian Miller - (Blue Springs HS in Missouri) 5-11/195/4.49
Scout.com 3-star player (No. 56 RB overall)

Once a Kansas commitment, Miller started to have doubts about how he would be used in their offensive system, so he opened things up, immediately stating he wanted to check out Iowa.

"I would say Iowa is the hardest one recruiting me out of the whole bunch. I have been staying in contact with Coach Ferentz a lot and I check in with Coach Johnson from time to time," said Johnson. "I feel really wanted when he (Coach Ferentz) is staying in contact with me. I haven't even met him in person and he is still wanting me to stay in touch with him over the phone and stuff."

Miller is planning on taking an official visit to Iowa City, but once again the Hawks will have to wait at least a few months to snag him. While it seems like they have a good chance, will they get nervous and look else where?

Schools he's considering besides Iowa: Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

It's only the end of July, but many are already wondering if another running back offer will go out soon? The coaching staff wants at least one of these three backs, but will more than likely have to wait until late in the season to get a commitment. While we don't expect any new offers to go out in the near future, we wouldn't be surprised if Iowa evaluates some early games in 2010 to find another running back target or two.

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