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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.
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Signing Day is nearly its end for 2013 and fans are already beginning to turn their attention to the Class of 2014 and Spring Football.
Before all thoughts leave this year’s recruiting class, consider a few things; Iowa’s football program, during the Hayden Fry and Kirk Ferentz era’s, has been built upon the backs of mostly unheralded players. The number of pedigreed prospects...
Complete transcript from Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz's signing day press conference.
The Iowa football program received a verbal commitment from Chicago (Simeon) Linebacker Reggie Spearmon on Tuesday night, just hours before the start of signing day which is always the first Wednesday in February.
The 6-2/200 pound prospect is a three-star player on a five-star scale at both Scout.com and Rivals.com. Spearmon originally gave his verbal commitment to Indiana and...
Meet new Iowa Hawkeyes defensive lineman Nathan Bazata of Howells, Nebraska
Nathan Bazata (BUDGET-uh) Defensive Line
6-2, 280, Freshman
Howells, Nebraska (Howells HS)
High school honors – - Nominated for Gatorade Football Player of the Year as a senior . . . named Division I Player of the Year by Huskerland Prep Reports . . . earned first...
Reggie Spearman ended his recruitment Tuesday night by committing to the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Feeling sorry for Iowa. In the wrong conference this year. Pencil them in as the NIT favorite.
— Ken Pomeroy (@kenpomeroy) February 7, 2013
That’s from Ken Pomeroy, who is the man behind www.kenpom.com and tempo free statistics that are all the rage. I think he has accurately summed up Iowa’s season and future. More on that in a bit.
For the fourth straight road game, the...
Thank goodness Iowa’s opponent was Penn State. That’s what I kept thinking as I watched the Iowa-Penn State game play out on Thursday night.
Have the Hawkeyes played more poorly at times this year? Yes. This week? Yes. Yet after the offensive grind that was Iowa at Purdue from Sunday, I was hoping for something a little more fluid from Iowa as it returned home after two...