Ferentz on Lomax

Published: February 14 2011 | 1:51 pm - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 11:31 am in
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Jordan Lomax was the second Washington D.C.-area prep to commit to the Hawkeyes this year.

Iowa ended up with three, the same number as homestate school Maryland. The fact that Maryland had a coaching change might've helped Iowa make inroads. Also, running back Marcus Coker's successful freshman season, capped by an MVP performance in the Insight Bowl, helped. Coker is a DeMatha graduate.

Don't forget Baltimore prep Jim Poggi (Gilman School).

"Iowa has expanded their recruiting base into the D.C. area," DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor told the Washington Post. "They can see kids will go away from home and it's worth their investment to get into D.C. In two years, they're made some pretty good headway. Iowa is going to be a school to be reckoned with in the D.C. area. That's a lot of kids to have up there in D.C. area in two years, don't you think?"

Links -- Pretty extensive story on Lomax from Rivals.com. "Football has made me into the person I am today," Lomax said. "Football keeps me in line, keeps my behavior in check off the field; it gives me motivation to do better in life. It teaches me how to compete for my spot - in the work field or when I have to compete for jobs. If I wasn't playing football, I don't know where I'd be at right now."

Three most interesting bio items -- 1) Running on 4X400 relay that ranked second in the United States. 2) Six pass breakups and two picks as a senior. 3) Academic Honors student with a 4.0 GPA.

Ferentz on -- No words from Iowa on Lomax. Again, that signing day press conference didn't have a lot of room for recruiting.

Lomax originally committed to Virginia in April 2010.

Here's an ESPN.com scouting report:

"Lomax is a scheme versatile defensive back with a good blend of physical and mental skills currently underrated heading into the spring evaluation period. Has marginal height but is well-built and plays with good physicality. Has very good speed and closing burst. Versatile in skill-set and schemes.

A very instinctive and athletic defensive back who could play free or strong in our opinion. Makes very sound reads and is a quick diagnoser. Transitions relatively smoothly, particularly out of his pedal breaking underneath. Is direct out of breaks without a lot wasted motion. Closes hard and fast. Gets downhill quickly. Displays sharp overall footwork and changes direction well.

Not a guy who flips his hips overly fluid in man-to-man schemes but overall is fluid in his turns, particularly speed and zone turns. Can mirror off the line and turn and run as a true cover corner showing good recovery speed and proper inside positioning to defend the vertical throw. Competes for the contested jump-ball with showing good leaping and high-point skills.

It's his underneath zone skills and very good plant and drive burst on the football that impresses us the most on film. He is very active around the ball at the linebacker level, is a solid tackler, gets over the trash and overall is a good run supporter. However, is lacking a bit of size when projecting as a down in the box strong safety at the major college and ideal height/length as a free. Could play an underneath corner in the right scheme with his aggressiveness off the line and perimeter run and pass support production.

Overall, Lomax is a very solid defensive back who could play throughout a defensive secondary and find an early role as a nickel back."

Projection is fun -- If Lomax comes in at his listed 5-10, he's taller than Bob Sanders, so that "too short to play safety" isn't a thing at Iowa.

I think Iowa will start him at corner and see where it goes.

Did anyone else take note on how liberally DC Norm Parker used nickel and dime coverages in the Insight? Maybe there's a role in that for one of the four freshmen defensive backs.


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