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Heard Hampton OC Earnest Wilson interviewed with Iowa today for WRs job. He's a good coach.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) February 8, 2013
Wilson is currently the offensive coordinator at Hampton. He's coached at a long list of schools and at the professional level. He started out his coaching career at Allegheny College with former Hawkeye offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe. He also coached for Ferentz at Maine, leading the tight ends and wide receivers in 1992.
MEET THE NEXT GENERATION OF HAWKEYES. Now that the letters are signed, Marc Morehouse is profiling each of Iowa's 2013 recruits. This is perhaps the last we'll read of these guys, at least until August when a couple turn heads at practice. The others will spend some time in the weight room and hopefully make an impact on the field in a couple of years.
First up, in the Gazette's series, Leshun Daniels. He's a big bruising back with straight line speed. He won't dance or make jaw dropping cuts but he'll hit the hole with a full head of steam. He's a Shonn Greene or Marcus Coker type of runner. What's interesting in this write-up is Iowa's possible new direction in recruiting running backs. We talked a little bit last summer about the Brian Ferentz-ification of Iowa football. Perhaps, we are seeing it in this recruiting class.
Iowa grabbed Daniels after a coaching change at Boston College, the school he had previously given a verbal commitment. They also grabbed a couple of smaller running backs at the final gun. Daniels is the big back, Weisman-like. The other two are Bullock-like. There's a difference, obviously; call it specialization. With the bodies and a little luck with health, we may actually see what an Iowa offense with packages for both the Weisman-like and the Bullock-like running backs actually looks like.
Next is another interesting prospect, Ike Boettger. He's an in-state recruit that comes to Iowa with the potential to play multiple positions. While Mas Casa's profile lists him at 220, he's moved up the scale a little bit already and is reportedly pushing 245. With a 6'5" frame there's potential there to grow into a defensive end. There might be room to grow into an offensive tackle too. He's likely to disappear for a season or two while he gets acclimated to the weight room. Look for him to emerge in 2015.
Finally, there's Nathan Bazata. He's destined for the defensive line and will likely need a year or two to figure out Big Ten Football. He'll arrive this summer already at 280 pounds so it's just a matter of learning the technique and maybe changing his body in the weight room a bit. Hawkeye sophomore-to-be Drew Ott surprised a lot of people last year when he saw playing time. Maybe Bazata could surprise too.
FOOTBALL RECRUITING RULES ARE CHANGING. Yet, another reason last off-season's coaching changes were important. The NCAA's changes will likely speed up recruiting. There's now unlimited communication via text message and telephone calls that could turn recruiting into the Wild Wild West. Iowa added some youth among the coaching staff that better understands modern technology. There's also a new importance on administrative assistants and interns that assist with the football program. There's some students on campus that are going to be asked to sacrifice their thumbs for the love of the program.
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