Sunday doesn’t count as a win on the field, but off the Iowa Hawkeyes cleaned up.
According to various sources, Iowa picked up verbal commitments from Somerset (Texas) wide receiver Jacob Hillyer and Illinois running backs Rodney Coe. A third recruit, Illinois running back Mikail McCall, was reportedly in the mix, but in the end didn’t commit to Iowa.
According to HawkeyeReport.com, Hillyer committed Sunday. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder put up monster numbers at Somerset this season, catching 87 passes for 1,648 yards and 18 TDs. Hillyer also had offers from Colorado State and UTEP.
The website Chief 24-7 has a report has Coe, a 6-3, 240-pounder, saying he wants to commit to the Hawkeyes in the next few days, the end of December for sure. Here’s a link to the post.
EDIT: HawkeyeInsider.com is reporting that Coe has committed to the Hawkeyes. (It’s a paysite, but here’s a list of recruits from HawkeyeInsider.) Later, Chief 24-7 also confirmed Coe’s commitment.
“After meeting everyone on my visit and feeling comfortable there like I do, I kind of feel like I’m already there,” Coe told Chief 24-7. “It just feels right. I also need to go somewhere that will help me to get where I want to be and that’s to the next level.”
Coe said he tried to call Iowa recuiting coordinator Eric Johnson to commit last week, but couldn’t get through. NCAA rules restrict coaches contact with recruits via phone.
Coe, who’s been selected to play in the U.S. Army all-star game, rushed for 554 yards and six TDs for Edwardsville (Ill.) High School this season and was a first-team all-conference pick as a running back. He also caught 10 passes for 185 yards and three TDs. He played linebacker for the Tigers, but is being recruited as a running back at Iowa.
Coe had 15 offers from major programs, including Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn and Oklahoma.
Tom Lemming, on the recruiting blog called ”Football’s Second Season,” reported Sunday that McCall, of Thornridge (Ill.), committed to the Hawkeyes on Sunday over Illinois and Minnesota. McCall (5-11, 210) originally committed to Michigan State, but he his offer pulled after telling MSU he wanted to visit Iowa, according to Lemming.
He also had offers from Wisconsin and Purdue.
Can’t find final 2010 stats on McCall, but here’s a link that says his dad is former WBC heavyweight champ Oliver McCall.
EDIT: But wait a minute, HawkeyeInsider’s Rob Howe said he talked to Thornridge’s coach and he said McCall is sticking with Michigan State.
So, who knows. Lemming wrote the schollie had been pulled. Apparently not or maybe yes.
EDIT EDIT: McCall didn’t commit to Iowa this weekend, according to EdgyTim.com, a site that covers Illinois prep football recruiting.
“I had a great official visit to Iowa this weekend but I did not commit,” McCall told EdgyTim.com. “My recruiting has been pretty interesting to say the least so far. I really enjoyed my visit to Iowa but I did not commit to the Hawkeyes.”
Here’s a link to the post. There is no mention of Michigan State, so maybe that offer is gone.
Thanks to poster Panther Hawk for the link.
Remember, none of this official and it open to the whim of an 18-year-old. It’s not official until the letter of intent is faxed in on Feb. 2.
Let’s stand down on McCall’s commit, for now. But who knows, stay tuned for EDIT, EDIT, EDIT.
Last week, Iowa Western Community College offensive lineman Dan Heiar committed to the Hawkeyes. He’s a December grad at IWCC, so he’s signed his letter of intent to attend Iowa and will be enrolled in January. He played prep football at Northeast Goose Lake High School.
Heiar said Iowa was his ”dream offer.”
“I’m pretty happy right now because a whole lot of kids don’t get the chance to play for the Hawkeyes,” Heiar said. “Being from the home state and at a junior college, this doesn’t happen very often. When I got the chance to do this I couldn’t pass it up.”
It came down to Iowa and Michigan State for Heiar.
Iowa now has 19 commitments, including the two running backs today. The national signing period begins Feb. 2, 2011.
Rodney Coe, 6-4, 240, RB, Edwardsville (Ill.) High School
Jacob Hillyer, 6-4, 190, WR, Somerset (Texas) High School
Dan Heiar, 6-5, 285, OL, Iowa Western Community College (Northeast Goose Lake)
Nicholas Law, 6-2, 190, S, Bishop McNamara High School (Forestville, Md.)
Melvin Spears, 6-2, 230, LB, Allen (Texas) High School
Jordan Walsh, 6-3, 275, OL, Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
Torrey Campbell, 5-11, 180, CB, Barron Collier High School (Naples, Fla)
Cole Fisher, 6-3, 200, LB, Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) High School
Mike Orloff, 6-2, 215, LB, Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.)
Riley McMinn, 6-7, 220, DE, Rochester (Ill.) High School
Jake Duzey, 6-4, 225, TE, Athens High School (Troy, Michigan)
Jake Rudock, 6-3, 185, QB, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
John Raymon, 6-5, 240, DE, Council Rock North High School (New Town, Penn.)
Ray Hamilton, 6-5, 225, TE, Strongsville (Ohio) High School
Austin Vincent, 6-2, 170, WR, DeSoto (Texas) High School
Henry Krieger-Coble, 6-4, 220, TE, Mount Pleasant High School
Austin Blythe, 6-3, 280, OL, Williamsburg High School
Marcus Grant, 6-2, 190, WR Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.)
This is a video of Somerset QB Stevie Joe Dormans. He is, of course, throwing to Hillyer in some of these highlights. Hillyer is No. 18.
Here are some highlights of McCall’s 2009 season, when he rushed for just less than 1,000 yards.
Here are several Coe videos.
From the announcement when Coe was introduced as a U.S. Army all-American.