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UI football: Hawks target defensive recruits

[ 13 ] November 29, 2010 |

There’s some roster reconstruction ahead on the defensive front for Iowa football.

Three multi-year starters on the defensive line and three more linebackers who have started games for the Hawkeyes have one more game with the program.

Iowa has been prepping for the exodus of talent on both fronts, and the Hawkeyes still are targeting defensive linemen and linebackers for their 2011 recruiting class.

Iowa landed commitments this summer from defensive line prospects Riley McMinn (6-7, 220, Rochester, Ill.) and John Raymon (6-5, 245, Newtown, Pa.) and linebackers Cole Fisher (6-3, 190, Omaha), Mike Orloff (6-2, 215, Danvers, Mass.) and Melvin Spears (6-2, 230, Allen, Texas).

But the Hawkeyes remain in pursuit of players at both positions. Defensive end Quinton Jefferson (6-4, 225) and linebacker Ejuan Price (6-0, 235) — teammates on the Woodland Hills High School team that lost last weekend in the Pennsylvania Class AAAA finals — are scheduled to visit Iowa the weekend of Dec. 10.

“We would both like to play together, but (it’s about) whatever school fits us both,” Jefferson said. “If a school fits better for him than me, then he should go to that school. I don’t want to base my decision on where he’s going. We’d both like to play together, but we understand it might not be the best fit for both of us.”

Jefferson said Monday that he will visit Cincinnati this weekend and has a trip lined up Dec. 17 to Maryland. Price has had Iowa and Ohio State at the top of his list.

“I’m going to get back out there and get a good feeling for the schools again,” Jefferson said. “I haven’t been out to some of the schools since this summer, so I’m going to get out and get around some of the coaches and players and get a good feel for the atmosphere of the school and how it is when it’s in session and there’s people on campus.”

Jefferson spent some time in Iowa City on an unofficial visit to Iowa this summer. Jefferson said his feeling toward the Hawkeyes hasn’t changed since Iowa started the season 7-2 before losing its last three games.

“I like the coaching staff, they’re all good guys,” Jefferson said. “The players are good players who are ready to win.”

GORDON UPDATE: Melvin Gordon said earlier this month that family members were trying to get him to reconsider his commitment to Iowa and stay closer to home. It appears as if that’s what the Wisconsin high school offensive player of the year will do.

Gordon backed out of his commitment to the Hawkeyes last week and the running back from Kenosha Bradford High School and reportedly took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin this past weekend.

“That’s where I’m leaning to right now,” Gordon told BadgerBlitz.com on Sunday. “Syracuse called and offered me, but I’m leaning towards Wisconsin because I want to stay closer to home.”

Gordon picked Iowa over Wisconsin in August, yet he was on the sidelines in October for the Badgers’ home victory against Ohio State.

Gordon took an official visit to Iowa on Nov. 20 when the Hawkeyes played Ohio State. Gordon denied speculation of a fight in the Iowa locker room after the game against the Buckeyes.

“I heard rumors about some fight I saw in the locker room (and) I don’t know where that came from,” Gordon told BadgerNation.com. “I didn’t see any fight and I didn’t know how that came up in the picture. I was thinking about going to Wisconsin before taking my visit to Iowa. The atmosphere (at Iowa) was OK. I think the atmosphere was a little better at Wisconsin for the Ohio State game. I liked it a little better at Wisconsin.”

ANOTHER BIG NIGHT FOR RUDOCK: Iowa quarterback recruit Jake Rudock threw five touchdowns in the first half of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas’ 49-7 rout against Cooper City in the Florida Class 5A regional semifinals. Rudock completed 10-of-12 for 155 yards. St. Thomas Aquinas is 12-0 and ranked No. 6 nationally by USA Today.

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