Iowa's football recruiting continues to move at a record pace, as they picked up their eleventh (and twelfth, but more on that in a bit) verbal commitment for the class of 2013 in the form of Andre Harris, a wide receiver-cornerback out of Kirkwood High School in St. Louis. Even by Iowa standards, Harris appears to be a pretty under the radar talent -- I couldn't find any video highlights of him and none of the major services (Rivals, Scout, 247 Sports, ESPN) have ranked him yet. (Hell, they can't even agree on his measurements -- he's listed anywhere from 5-11, 157 to 6-2, 180.) His only other offer was Illinois, who offered earlier this week. He also had a quiet year, stats-wise, as a junior: 22 receptions, 288 yards, 3 TD on offense, and 29 tackles and 4 interceptions on defense. He's expected to be the number one receiving threat for his team this fall, though, so those numbers should increase.
So what was it about Harris that got Iowa so hot and bothered? Speed. A local report on his commitment describes him as "speedy" and notes that he's been running track this spring/summer, while Rivals ($) notes that he's been timed at 4.42 in the 40 recently. Greg Davis has consistently expressed his desire to add more speed to Iowa's wide receiving corps -- Harris would seem to do just that. He was recruited as an ATH and could play at defensive back as well (and four interceptions suggests he probably has pretty good ball skills), but between Davis' speed fixation and Harris' own comments (to Rivals) that Iowa was likely going to start him on offense, I think it's safe to assume he's another WR recruit. Welcome aboard, Mr. Harris.