With National Signing Day just one day away, the Iowa football team is moving forward in some regards and taking a look at some lesser known athletes with the hopes of locking up a few more names before the big day.
Two of those not-so-known names received offers from the University of Iowa football coaching staff recently and both athletes let their commitments be known Tuesday.
The Hawks welcome Damon Bullock of Mansfield, Texas, and Johnny Lowdermilk of Carrollton, Ohio, to the list of commitments for 2011.
Bullock is a two-star running back that likely replaces four-star running back Remound Wright, who is expected to stick with his verbal commitment to Stanford.
Lowdermilk is not ranked and has no stars. He is a 6-foot-2 linebacker that weighs 200 pounds and had other offers from Miami of Ohio and Toledo.
Lowdermilk is likely a replacement for Mike Orloff, who backed out of his commitment to Iowa this weekend and will now play for UCLA this fall. Orloff was a two-star linebacker from Groton, Massachusetts.
The Hawks are still awaiting several decisions from high school preps who have yet to declare their destinations.
That list includes five-star offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and four-star defensive tackle Darian Cooper, who are both from Dematha Catholic High School in Maryland.
According to ESPN’s recruiting site, Kouandjio has officially ruled Iowa out of the running for his services and is down to just Alabama and Auburn. That same Web site has Cooper choosing between Iowa and rival Michigan State. Both athletes will make their destinations known together during a press conference at their high school tomorrow.
It also appears that Iowa is no longer in the running for three-star linebacker Jeremiah Hendy, who has reportedly chosen Maryland over the Hawkeyes. Hendy is a Maryland native.
The final known prospect on Iowa’s board is three-star running back Jordan Canzeri, the 100th ranked running back from Troy, New York. Canzeri had verballed to Division 1-AA Villanova before getting an offer from Iowa. It is now up the New York native where he decides to play his college ball at.
The Hawkeye coaching staff will try to finalize the 2011 Class with top-notch talent around the United States, but if big-time recruits like Kouandjio and Cooper decide to play elsewhere, expect Iowa to lure in some other not-so-known recruits to finish off what has been considered one of the program’s best classes under head coach Kirk Ferentz.
The Hawks currently have 21 known commitments. Hopefully, that many players sign their National Letters of Intent tomorrow on National Signing Day.