The recruiting cycle holds strong, as Iowa filled a position of dire need this afternoon with the commitment of Henry Marchese, a receiver out of Illinois.
Marchese played his high school ball at Stevenson, which is the same school that gave us Mark Weisman.
Marchese is ranked as a 2-star prospect from Rivals and 3-stars from Scout. He has size, clocking in at 6-3, 190. Hudl claims Marchese runs a 4.48 40-yard dash, so there is that too.
Marchese also had offers from Army, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Miami. The Miami that’s in Ohio.
As a senior, Marchese hauled in 63 balls for 1,053 yards and 16 touchdowns. His name may sound familiar because his dad, John Marchese, played on the 1985 Iowa Rose Bowl team.
There’s some more Marchese blood in the Big Ten too. Joe Marchese, elder brother to Henry, will be a senior offensive lineman at Maryland this coming season, while Henry has a twin who also plays receiver, and could walk on to Iowa this year.
Marchese’s highlights are pretty impressive. He’s able to get away from defenders often due to his speed, but can also use his body to climb the ladder and get the ball. Henry also returned kicks and started in the secondary, so there’s that duality Iowa’s recruiters love so much.
This commitment was alluded to a little yesterday as well, when Iowa commit Peyton Mansell cryptically Tweeted that something was in the works on Iowa’s recruiting trail.
Anyway, best of luck to Mr. Marchese, and we look forward to seeing you in Black and Gold.