Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Ferentz talks early Iowa recruiting success
By Brian Bennett
Iowa has been busy on the recruiting trail this spring and summer.
The Hawkeyes recently got a flurry of commitments and are up to 15 pledges for the 2013 class already. As of Tuesday afternoon, only eight schools in the country have more commitments than Iowa, which trails only Michigan (22) in the Big Ten.
What's even more noteworthy about this is that it's much different from the Hawkeyes' pattern under Kirk Ferentz. At this time last year, for example, the team had only secured five commitments.
So has Ferentz changed his approach in recruiting? Has the offseason coaching turnover -- which included Eric Johnson being reassigned to the defensive line in part so he could focus more on his role as recruiting coordinator -- made a difference?
Ferentz, who spoke to the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Marc Morehouse, said none of that is the case. He said it's just the new, accelerated nature of recruiting.
“I think everything is moving faster and kids are making their minds up quicker,” he told the paper. “Everything is driven by the recruiting industry right now. The awareness for younger people, it’s continually growing."
Ferentz expects to sign a class of 20 in February.
"I still think there will be more than a handful of good players left in December and January,” Ferentz said. “Things are moving faster, so you have to pick up the pace a little bit.”
With most of his recruiting done, Ferentz said the staff will start to focus on the Class of 2014 prospects while continuing to re-recruit the players who are committed for 2013.
Ferentz was also asked about 2012 signee Greg Garmon, who was arrested earlier this month for marijuana possession. The running back has yet to arrive on Iowa's campus and has a preliminary hearing set for July 18. Ferentz said Garmon -- who was expected to challenge for a starting job -- is still part of the Hawkeyes' plans but wasn't sure when he would get to Iowa City.
“At the end of the day, I don’t know enough,” Ferentz told Morehouse. “When I know really what a judge says the facts are, then I’ll take action. There are two sides to every story. I’ll wait to get that sifted out by someone who knows more than I do.”