The coaching changes at the University of Pittsburgh have helped the Iowa football team land at least one recruit.
Linebacker Quinton Alston from Sicklerville, N.J., recently made a verbal commitment to Iowa after having changed his mind about attending Pittsburgh. Alston committed to Pittsburgh when Dave Wannstedt was still coaching there. Wannstedt was then fired after the season and replaced by Mike Haywood.
However, Haywood’s reign didn’t last long as he was fired after being charged with domestic violence. Haywood has since been replaced by Tulsa coach Todd Graham, who was hired by Pittsburgh on Monday.
“There was just too much going on at Pittsburgh this offseason,” Alston told Hawkeye Insider.com. “Iowa was always in my top five.
“When I de-committed I looked at those schools to see what was available and what was best for me.”
Alston will officially visit Iowa on Jan. 21, which is the same day that high school teammates Cyrus Kouandjio and Darian Cooper from perennial power DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., are expected to be in Iowa City.
“I met Cyrus at a few junior days and Darian, too,” Alston told HawkeyeInsider.com. “Cyrus is huge. We’ll be talking that weekend.”
The 6-foot-6, 322-pound Kouandjio is considered one of the top high school offensive linemen in the country, whereas Cooper is a highly regarded defensive lineman.
Alston also told HawkeyeInsider.com that he is trying to convince fellow New Jersey native Jack Tabb to pick Iowa. Tabb, who plays both linebacker and tight end, is expected to announce his decision Friday.
“I want him to be a Hawkeye,” Alston said.
Alston is from the same hometown that produced former Iowa star running back Shonn Greene, who now plays for the New York Jets, and former Iowa all-America defensive end Leroy Smith, who played at Iowa from 1988-1991.
Alston, who is listed at 6-1, 234 pounds, is believed to be at least the 19th high school senior to commit to Iowa during this recruiting period and the 20th recruit overall to pick the Hawkeyes. Junior college offensive lineman Dan Heiar also committed to Iowa in mid-December.
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