This is the last college football recruiting weekend and it’s busy in Iowa City.
You’ve followed the Hawkeyes carefully the last few seasons. You know how brutal attrition at the running back spot has been. With two prep commitments in tow, Iowa threw out another offer this week to Southwestern College’s Aaron Harris.
According to HawkeyeReport.com, the 6-0, 200-pounder will visit Cincinnati this week and visit Iowa on Feb. 3, after the national signing period begins Wednesday.
Harris rushed for 1,128 yards in 2009. He suffered a shoulder injury and sat out the 2010 season. Last year, he had 900 rushing yards.
Harris holds offers from Iowa, Cincinnati and Colorado State.
Harris told HR.com that Iowa is offering immediate playing time, which should be expected with Marcus Coker’s departure.
“Coach [Eric] Johnson came out to see me on Tuesday and talked about their running back situation and how I would fit in there,” Harris said. “He said two of their running backs ended up transferring and all they have left is a walk-on and some younger guys. They are in need of someone with experience and if I were to go there, I would have more college experience than anyone.”
Last fall, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz mentioned rather consistently the lack of decisiveness on Coker’s part in the running game. Harris doesn’t seem to have that problem.
“There are two kinds of running backs, VHS and digital,” Southwestern coach Mike Carberry said in The Sun, the SWC school newspaper. “A VHS running back sees it, thinks about it and then does it. A digital guy sees it, thinks it and does it all at once. Harris is a digital running back.”
Iowa remains in the running for several players in the next few days, including Colorado O-lineman Alex Kozan (Iowa, Auburn and Michigan), linebacker Quanzell Lambert (committed to Rutgers, but told Rivals.com that he’s “keeping his options open” in the wake of the departure of head coach Greg Schiano) and defensive tackle Aaron Curry (Iowa, TCU, Missouri and Nebraska).
The national signing period begins Wednesday. Iowa has 19 commitments.
Here’s a highlight YouTube of Aaron Harris: