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Record-breaking Detroit cornerback commits to Iowa

[ 0 ] January 27, 2013 |

The Iowa football team lost one of the top high school defensive backs from Detroit when Delano Hill backed out of his verbal commitment and picked Michigan in mid-December.

Iowa has rebounded by adding another top defensive back from the Motor City with record-breaking cornerback Desmond King committing to the Hawkeyes within the past 24 hours, according to several online reports. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound King was a force on both offense and defense as a senior, rushing for over 2,000 yards and intercepting seven passes. King finished his high school career with 29 interceptions, which is a state record in Michigan.

He is ranked as a three-star recruit on a five-star scale by Scout.com and as the No. 55 cornerback nationally in the 2013 senior class.

King committed to Ball State in late August, but decided to explore other options. King is among several prospects that Iowa hosted on recruiting visits this weekend.

Iowa also has the most productive receiver in the history of Pennsylvania high school football on campus this weekend. Brian Lemelle finished his career with 269 receptions and 4,529 receiving yards, both of which are state records. His 38 career touchdowns also ranks second all-time in Pennsylvania.

Lemelle has narrowed his list of schools to Iowa, Temple and Connecticut.

King is believed to be the 16th player to commit to Iowa’s 2013 recruiting class. All but one of the recruits in Iowa’s 2013 class are seniors in high school.

The signing period for football will start on Feb. 6.

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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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