CREEPYPALOOZA 2013: Linebackers and Defensive Backs

It's Signing Day. Here are people who signed things.

JOSEY JEWELL

Linebacker
Decorah, IA (Decorah Senior)
2★ Rivals, 2★ Scout, 2★ ESPN, 2★ 247Sports

You Might Remember Him from Such Posts As: Have a Seat, Josey Jewell

Jewell has a similar story to so many other in-state Iowa commitments... He was the star of his home town and led his high school team to a state title. Iowa offered him a walk-on spot, but as signing day neared, the Hawkeye coaches found an open scholarship and offered him a full ride.

As of right now, Jewell is probably a little undersized for a LB spot at 6-2, 200, but could easily put on the weight to get up the the small/speedy type that Iowa has been using at OLB the past few seasons. And with all 3 expected starters at LB seniors this year, opportunities could be coming up quickly, but probably not this year for Jewell.

2013 Outlook - Redshirt

JOHN KENNY

Linebacker
Carmel, IN (Carmel)
3★ Rivals, 3★ Scout, 3★ ESPN, 3★ 247Sports

You Might Remember Him from Such Posts As: Have a Seat, John Kenny

Kenny's path to becoming a Hawkeye was much quicker than Jewell's. Kenny was offered by Iowa last February was committed to Iowa by April. He is the only member of this class that decided to graduate from HS and enroll early (which isn't exactly something Kirk Ferentz likes).

Kenny also projects at OLB, but could play at any of the LBs spots. He's a good pass rusher and solid tackler, so I could seem him getting on the field earlier rather than later.

2013 Outlook - Special teams or redshirt

DESMOND KING

Defensive Back
Detroit, MI (Crockett)
3★ Rivals, 3★ Scout, 3★ ESPN, 3★ 247Sports

You Might Remember Him from Such Posts As: Have a Seat, Desmond King

King was a huge threat on both sides of the ball in high school. He set the Michigan record for career interceptions, and rushed for over 2,300 yards as a senior. With his knack for finding the ball and his ability with the ball in his hands, it seems likely he'll follow the Buford/Draper track and play some nickle/dime as a freshman and maybe see some special teams play. I'd put him down as a possible future DB/punt returner a la Micah Hyde.

2013 Outlook - Special teams

MALIK RUCKER

Defensive Back
New Hope, MN (Cooper)
3★ Rivals, 3★ Scout, 3★ ESPN, 3★ 247Sports

You Might Remember Him from Such Posts As: Have a Seat, Malik Rucker

Rucker is another long-time commit, making his verbal back in June. His size, 6-0, 175, and speed say corner, but his ability to close and make tackles says safety. Maybe he'll spend a year with Coach Doyle beefing up to B1G safety size. Iowa probably has its starters set at safety this year, but Tanner Miller will be a senior and there isn't a ton of depth. So I wouldn't be surprised to see Rucker on the field by 2014.

2013 Outlook - Redshirt

REGGIE SPEARMAN

Linebacker
Chicago, IL (Simeon)
3★ Rivals, 3★ Scout, 3★ ESPN, 3★ 247Sports

You Might Remember Him from Such Posts As: Have a Seat, Reggie Spearman

Spearman just committed yesterday and is now better known for pulling out the ol' hat switcheroo than anything. But he's also a pretty good footballer and Iowa's only Chicago area commit this year. He was previously committed to Illinois, then thought better of it and took his time before landing with Iowa.

He's another OLB prospect, but a little bigger than the other incoming freshman at 6-3, 225. He played quite a bit with his hand on the ground (at least according to his tape), so might be a guy who has the change to add a little bulk and play DE (Tsopanides and Ott aren't much bigger). If he's not busy putting on pounds, then he might see the field on special teams...a role Iowa likes for its backup linebackers.

2013 Outlook - Special teams or redshirt

SOLOMON WARFIELD

Defensive Back
Cleveland, OH (St. Edward)
3★ Rivals, 3★ Scout, 3★ ESPN, 3★ 247Sports

You Might Remember Him from Such Posts As: Have a Seat, Solomon Warfield

Warfield was another summer commit and out of the group of incoming defensive back, he looks the most like a ready-to-play safety. He is a big hitter, knows how to take a good angle, and plays well in the box. At the very least, he'd make a good gunner on coverage teams. The backup spots for safety should be pretty wide open this fall, so Warfield could have a shot of cracking the 2-deep.

2013 Outlook - Special teams or redshirt

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