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Maryland prep commits to Hawks

[ 0 ] September 23, 2013 |

A defensive back from Maryland is the latest player to commit to the Iowa football team’s 2014 recruiting class.

Marcel Joly, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound cornerback from Forestville, Md., committed to Iowa on Saturday night, hours after the Hawkeyes crushed Western Michigan 59-3 at Kinnick Stadium.

“I was just going down there to see how it really was,” Joly told Hawkeye Insider.com. “I’d been hearing a lot about how it was just a cornfield and there was nothing to do there. I went there to see it for myself and it wasn’t what I was expecting. I was impressed. I just thought it was the place I could be.”

Joly is thought to be at least the 14th player to commit to Iowa’s 2014 recruiting class, all of whom are high school seniors. He reportedly had scholarship offers from Maryland, Old Dominion, Temple and Vanderbilt.

The Iowa coaches have increased their recruiting efforts in Maryland over the past several years and it continues to pay dividends. Iowa defensive backs Jordan Lomax and Nico Law are both from Maryland, as is sophomore defensive tackle Darian Cooper.

Lomax, a sophomore from Upper Marlboro, Md., started the season opener against Northern Illinois at right cornerback, but has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury. Law, a native of Clinton, Md., has played extensively on special teams in all four games. He and Lomax served as Joly’s host during his recruiting visit this past weekend.

“That was cool,” Joly told Hawkeye Insider.com. “We had a lot to talk about.”

Cooper, a sophomore from Elkridge, Md., has played in all four games and has one of Iowa’s two quarterback sacks.

Joly is ranked as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 153 cornerback nationally in the 2014 senior class.

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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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