Iowa back on pace for 2013 recruiting.
You have to remember, Iowa, and a lot of other Big Ten schools that don’t shop off the rack, go at a different pace than Ohio State and Michigan. It’s a fact of life in the Big Ten and beyond.
Michigan is scorching the recruiting world right now with 17 commitments for the 2013 class. Even with a one-year postseason ban, Ohio State has nine recruits on the board. Penn State, with a first-year head coach and a sex scandal hanging over the program, has eight.
Iowa is now up to three and found it’s latest recruit from a familiar place. Safety Delano Hill became the third commitment Iowa has received from Detroit’s Cass Tech High School, joining 2012 signees linebacker Laron Taylor and safety Ruben Lile.
Hill, 6-1, 190, had offers from Illinois and Syracuse, with interest from Michigan State and Wisconsin, Iowa’s prime recruiting rivals.
“I really like the coaching staff and the players and just feel comfortable there,” Hill told HawkeyeReport.com. “It just feels like the right situation for me for school and for football.
“It’s the place I want to spend the next four years,” he continued. “Plus it will be easier having a couple guys there that I already know.”
Hill joins defensive end David Kenney and wide receiver Derrick Willies, all of whom have committed since April 4. Iowa might receive one or two more this spring and then, during its football camps in June, might see another spike. Iowa has generally gone into the football season with 10 or so recruits.
Right now, Michigan State has seven commitments. Wisconsin also has three.
Hill told ESPN.com that Iowa is bringing him in as a free safety, but defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson also wants him to learn strong safety.
“Coach Wilson said he likes how I find the ball in the air and get interceptions and all,” Hill said.
For comparison, Purdue has no commitments (according to its Rivals.com site), Minnesota has one, Nebraska has four (three of whom are rated four stars by Rivals), Northwestern also has one, Illinois has four and Indiana is waiting for its first.
EDIT: Numbers! From Hawkeyereport.com’s Tom Kakert:
Here is a basic numbers breakdown since 2002:
Numbers are total commits by the end of June:
03 – 2
04 and 05: 5
Here’s a link to last season’s commitments with the date they committed. This should give you an idea of when Iowa does most of its business.
David Kenney, DE, 6-2, 250 Pike High School (Indianapolis, Ind.) ****
Derrick Willies, WR, 6-3, 190 Rock Island (Ill.) High School ***
Delano Hill, FS, 6-1, 190 Cass Tech High School (Detroit, Mich.) ***
* = Rivals.com’s star rating
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