Hawkeyes land four-star defender

Top defensive end Faith Ekakitie (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest Academy) has verbally committed to Iowa, Tom VanHaaren of ESPN's WolverineNation.com reports.

Ekakitie was on the road for the month of November visiting Boston College, the Hawkeyes, Georgia Tech and Oregon.

Stanford, Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Duke, Nebraska, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Illinois, Purdue, Tennessee and Eastern Michigan were also recruiting him.

The 6-3, 265-pounder, who also plays basketball, is Iowa's 13th commitment for the Class of 2012.