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Recruit learns to love the Hawkeyes

[ 1 ] July 25, 2011 |

Sioux City Heelan senior Michael Malloy hasn’t been a lifelong Hawkeye fan.

“Actually, I hated the Hawkeyes before I went to their camp,” Malloy said. “Everybody likes them. It was annoying how much they talk about them.”

Malloy said after meeting with coaches and going to their camp he’s done a 180 on Iowa football, and Monday morning gave a verbal commitment to join the 2012 recruiting class.

“I went to the camp and right away everything impressed me,” Malloy said. “They turned my whole view around completely.”

The 6-foot, 175-pound running back ran for 1,668 yards and 29 touchdowns last fall, helping lead the Crusaders to the Class 3A title game. He may play at running back or receiver in college, and said he role this fall may be like NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk.

“That’s what coach is incorporating into the offense,” Malloy said.

Malloy started getting letters after his junior season. He came down for Iowa’s camp June 17 and left with a scholarship offer.

He returned Monday to Iowa City, and while assistant coach Reese Morgan knew he had made his decision, he gave the news to the rest of the staff.

“I really liked how the coaches interacted with us at camp, the way they taught and coached us,” Malloy said. “They impressed me a lot.”

Malloy also had an offer from South Dakota and interest from Wisconsin.

The senior knows there may be comparisons with the last Heelan running back to matriculate to Iowa, but doesn’t see a lot of similarities with Brandon Wegher.

“I was a freshman when he was a senior,” Malloy said. “I still talk to him a little bit, but it didn’t make a difference in my decision. I didn’t talk to him about Iowa at all.”

Malloy is the ninth player in the 2012 recruiting class to give a verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes.

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