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Hawkeyes to test Atlanta in football recruiting pursuits

[ 0 ] April 2, 2014 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa linebackers coach LeVar Woods is in charge of recruiting Texas and Georgia, and while the Hawkeyes did sign kicker Mick Ellis and defensive back Joshua Jackson from the Lone Star State, the Atlanta area has become a new frontier.

Kirk Ferentz oversees Wednesday's practice in Iowa City. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

Kirk Ferentz oversees Wednesday’s practice in Iowa City. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

“There are Hawkeyes in Atlanta to help,” Woods said of Iowa fans living in the South. “Playing Georgia Tech and beating Georgia Tech (in the 2010 Orange Bowl) helps, because people always talk about that.

“Now, it’s just getting out there and getting our face out there and getting a chance.”

Woods said he sees black and gold no matter where he travels.

“One of the best things about Iowa is there are Hawkeyes everywhere,” he said. “I went on vacation to Costa Rica … first two people I see (are) wearing Iowa shirts and Iowa shorts.”

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LIMITED EXPERIENCE

Linebacker Quinton Alston may have spent last season as a backup, but he got a preview of what will be expected of him in 2014. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound senior was among the reserves who played in long-yardage situations.

“It gets you more comfortable,” said Alston, who made 12 tackles. “Even though it’s not as many (snaps) per game as you want, it just gives you a base for what is to come.”

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BEYOND HIS YEARS

When Woods recruited Reggie Spearman, he may have known everything about him, except his age.

Spearman, who was born on Aug. 17, 1996, was 16 when he joined the Hawkeyes last summer.

“In camp last year I found out it’s going to be his birthday,” Woods recalled. “I’m like, ‘Oh, man, great. You’re going to turn 18.’

“He said, ‘I’m going to turn 17.’ I said, ‘Reggie, stop messing around.’ Then (I) talked to his dad. So that’s my fault. I missed that in recruiting.”

Spearman went on to make 10 tackles as a freshman.

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