This is how recruiting used to work: Recruit visits school and then commits. It was a simple transaction.
It was that simple for Maryland cornerback Marcel Joly.
The 5-11, 180-pounder visited Iowa City last weekend. He committed while in town and waited until he returned home to Forestville, Md., before he let the world know on Monday night.
“I just felt like the Iowa coaches were always the ones showing me the most love,” Joly told HawkeyeReport.com. “I’ve got other offers, but no one else showed me the same kind of love as Iowa. They really let me know that they want me there, so I thought it was the right thing to do.”
Joly also picked up scholarship offers from Maryland, Vanderbilt, Temple, and Old Dominion. Let’s take a look at who else is showing interest: Virginia Tech, Penn State and Rutgers. Also, Joly is from Maryland. Maryland is enjoying a resurgence under third-year coach Randy Edsall, who has the Terps 4-0 after a 6-18 start at the school.
Joly told HawkeyeReport.com that he’s comfortable with his decision, but hasn’t ruled out taking some more official visits after his senior season at Forestville High School.
“I think I might take a couple more visits just to see how things compare, but right now I’m just thinking about my season really,” Joly told HR.com. “Once the season is over with, I’ll look at it more and decide what to do then.”
So, this isn’t as simple as visit and commit. This means Joly has secured a spot in Iowa’s recruiting class, which now includes three corners and a safety. One of those corners, Omar Truitt, calls himself “98 percent” committed, according to HawkeyeReport.
Perhaps Iowa is hedging its bets with three corner commitments, but the Hawkeyes do lack depth at the position, with true freshman Desmond King entering the lineup due to injury this fall. B.J. Lowery, Iowa’s top corner and the reigning Big Ten defensive player of the week, is a senior. Iowa needs corners, but it would probably like to see fully committed corners.
For now, Joly is very much into being a Hawkeye.
Washington D.C.-area defensive backs Jordan Lomax and Nico Law hosted Joly on his visit.
“I feel like it’s a good fit there,” said Joly. “The coaches, the players, and everyone really showed that they cared for me as a person. I felt comfortable around all of them and just felt like it’s the right place for me to be.”
Joly is Iowa’s 14th recruit for the 2014 class. He’s also the second D.C.-area commitment, joining Truitt. The national signing period begins Feb. 5.
Jay Scheel, QB 6-2, 170 Union High School (La Porte City) ****
Lucas LeGrand, OL, 6-5, 260 Dubuque Senior High School ***
Omar Truitt, CB, 5-11, 185, St. John’s College High School (Washington D.C.) ***
C.J. Hilliard, RB, 5-9, 192, St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) ***
Jyaz Jones, S, 6-0, 172, South Oak Cliff High School (Dallas, Texas) **
Jameer Outsey, OLB, 6-3, 220, Franklin High School (Somerset, N.J.) ***
Keegan Render, OL, 6-3, 310, Indianola High School ***
Matt Nelson, DE, 6-7, 249, Xavier High School (Cedar Rapids) ***
Mick Ellis, K, 5-9, 185, Lovejoy High School (Lucas, Texas) **
Terrance Harris, DE, 6-2, 240, Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus, N.J.) **
Ben Niemann, OLB, 6-3, 185, Sycamore (Ill.) High School **
Aaron Mends, LB, 6-1, 204, Winnetonka (Kansas City, Mo.) High School ***
Josh Jackson, CB, 6-1, 175, Dallas Lake ( Corinth, Texas) High School **
Marcel Joly, CB, 5-11, 180, Forestville (Md.) High School ***
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