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Lemming names top three juniors in Iowa

[ 3 ] February 15, 2011 |

With the national signing day for college football having come and gone, the focus now shifts to the 2012 high school senior class.

Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said the 2012 class in Iowa is average at best but does feature one special player in West Des Moines Dowling Catholic receiver Amara Darboh.

“He can stretch the defense, he’s got decent height, good hands and runs well, he’s definitely a big-time wide receiver,” Lemming said of Darboh, who led Dowling to an overtime victory against City High in the Class 4A state title game in November.

Lemming said the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Darboh is clearly the top player in the 2012 class in Iowa and one of the top receivers nationally.

Lemming ranks West High quarterback/defensive back Charles Rogers the second best junior in Iowa followed by Cedar Falls running back Barkley Hill

Rogers has started at quarterback for West since midway through his sophomore season. But he projects more as a receiver or defensive back in college.

“I think he could be another receiver, too,” Lemming said of Rogers.

Lemming recently was in Iowa City to interview some of the top in-state juniors, including Darboh.

Iowa and Iowa State both offered Darboh a scholarship on the same day last summer in between his sophomore and junior year.

His list of offers has since grown to include Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kansas State and Notre Dame and is expected to keep growing.

Darboh caught 49 passes for 649 yards and six touchdowns as a junior last season.

The Iowa coaches often have to search all over the United States for receivers as evidenced by the 2011 class, which includes two receivers, one from Texas and the other from Massachusetts.

“It’d be a great catch for two reasons,” Lemming said of Iowa landing Darboh. “He’s in-state, plus he’s a good wide receiver.”

Darboh has spoken highly of the Iowa program and recently attended the team’s annual junior day event. Rogers also attended Iowa’s junior day event, as did Hill and Cedar Falls receiver James Harrington among others.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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