Iowa signs 21 to letters of intent
February 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz never pays much attention to recruiting rankings. That’s a trait that could serve him well this week. The Hawkeyes announced their latest class on Wednesday, a group that recruiting services have rated near the bottom of the Big Ten. The 21-player class is ranked 52nd nationally by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Rivals has the class slotted eighth in the 12-school league while Scout ranks it 10th.
Those aren’t the kind of numbers likely to entice a fan base that watched Iowa finished last season with six straight losses and a 4-8 record. But coach Kirk Ferentz said he couldn’t tell much difference between this year’s class and last year’s — which was ranked in the top half of the Big Ten. The list of recruits is as follows:
Nathan Bazata, dt, 6-2, 280, Howells (Neb.) High.
Ike Boettger, te, 6-6, 235, Cedar Falls (Iowa) High.
LeShun Daniels, rb, 6-0, 215, Harding (Ohio) High.
Colin Goebel, ol, 6-5, 280, Naperville North (Ill.) High.
Brant Gressel, dt, 6-2, 280, Centreville (Ohio) High
Andre Harris, wr, 6-0, 170, Kirkwood (Mo.) High.
Josey Jewell, lb, 6-2, 200, Decorah (Iowa) High
Anjeus Jones, wr 6-3, 190, South Oak Cliff High, Dallas
John Kenny, lb, 6-2, 215, Carmel (High), Ind.
Desmond King, cb, 5-11, 185, East English Village Prep, Detroit.
Derrick Mitchell, s, 6-1, 190, Vashon High, St. Louis.
Johnathan Parker, rb, 5-11, 180, Christian Brothers High, St. Louis.
Damond Powell, wr, 5-11, 180, Snow (Utah) CC, Ephraim, Utah
Malik Rucker, s, 6-0, 170, Robbinsdale Cooper High, New Hope, Minn.
Nic Shimonek, qb, 6-4, 196, Mildred High, Corsicana, Tex.
Akrum Wadley, rb, 5-11, 170, Weequahic High, Newark, N.J.
Solomon Warfield, s, 6-0, 185, St. Edward High, Lakewood, Ohio.
Sean Welsh, ol, 6-3, 285, Springboro (Ohio) High.
Derrick Willies, wr, 6-4, 205, Rock Island (Ill.) High, Ill.
Jon Wisnieski, te, 6-5, 220, Dowling Catholic High, West Des Moines, Iowa.