Posted by: marcmwm | July 30, 2008

Cotton to the Hawkeyes and other recruiting notes

Before we get to tomorrow’s story, here’s some quick notes:

CR Washington wide receiver Keenan Davis is down to a final five (Iowa, Illinois, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Colorado) and wants to make his decision before the prep season begins Aug. 29. He’s visited Iowa and plans to visit the others this month.

Marion offensive lineman Drew Clark plans to make his decision as early as Friday, according to Marion coach Tony Perkins. He’ll decide between the Hawkeyes and Iowa State. His uncle, Craig, played tight end for the Hawkeyes from 1984-87.

Here’s tomorrow’s story:

Two days after having an in-state recruit fly the coop, the Iowa Hawkeyes are back on the board.

Mount Pleasant’s Jordan Cotton, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound running back, committed to the Hawkeyes on Wednesday afternoon, picking Iowa over Kansas. Cotton rushed for 1,449 yards and 17 TDs for the Panthers, who finished 6-3 in Class 3A, last season. Wisconsin, Colorado and Iowa State also offered Cotton.

Cotton noted his relationship with head coach Kirk Ferentz, offensive line coach Reese Morgan and wide receivers coach Erik Campbell clinched the decision in favor of Iowa. Morgan is Iowa’s main recruiter in the state.

“I can just see myself in black and gold,” Cotton said. “With my dad and the relationships I have with coaches, I couldn’t see myself in Lawrence (Kan.). I can see myself in Iowa City.”

Monday, West Des Moines Valley offensive lineman David Barrent withdrew his oral commitment to Iowa in favor of an offer to Michigan State. Barrent, who originally committed to Iowa on May 3, told the Des Moines Register that Iowa’s off-field incidents played a small role in his decision to back out.

Iowa has had 18 arrests since April 2007, including the high-profile sexual assault case that is making news almost daily in the state.

Cotton said he didn’t hold the off-field against Iowa coaches.

“I didn’t consider it,” Cotton said. “The players are in bad situations, but coach Ferentz and the whole coaching staff are still great people. I don’t put all that stuff against them. I just want to come in and play football and win a Big Ten championship.”

Cotton said he’d received text messages from Barrent as late as a couple days ago, telling him to pick the Hawkeyes.

“That’s OK, I guess,” Cotton said. “I guess he thinks Michigan State is better. We’ll see about that.”

Ferentz has said Iowa’s 2009 recruiting class will likely be his smallest at Iowa, somewhere in the mid teens. So, the fact that it’s July and Iowa now has just two commitments (Ohio running back Brad Rogers) isn’t a big deal. A small class can allow a staff to be more selective.

“People are freaking out because Illinois has a lot of commitments and Ohio State and so on,” Cotton said. “It really doesn’t matter to me. Iowa has plenty of time and plenty of scholarships to give. We’ll see what happens. (Signing day) still a long ways off.”

Cotton plays running back for Mount Pleasant, but he plans to switch to wide receiver at Iowa. While at football camps this summer, Cotton has played wide receiver.

“I know I’m going to play receiver in college,” he said. “I just play running back in high school because they want to get me the ball. I’m really looking forward to playing receiver and having coach Campbell as my coach.”

Could Cotton soon have some company as a wide receiver recruit at Iowa?

Cedar Rapids Washington’s Keenan Davis, a 6-3, 195-pound wideout, said he thinks he will announce his college decision sometime before the prep season begins Aug. 29. He’s narrowed his list of schools to five — Iowa, Illinois, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Colorado. So far, he’s visited Iowa, but will try to get to the other schools sometime in August.

“I want to get it done,” Davis said. “I want to concentrate on the season, concentrate on the team and not worry about the whole recruiting process.”

Davis’ thinking on Iowa’s off-field problems runs along the same lines as Cotton’s. He’s read the headlines, but it’s not going to be a factor in his decision.

“I’ve talked to the coaches myself and I know everything I need to know,” Davis said. “The things have happened. They don’t affect me.”

Davis and his Washington teammates recently participated in a 7-on-7 competition in the Chicago area. The Warriors took on Illinois Class 8A teams such as Bolingbrook and Riverside Brookfield and came out with a 9-0 mark, Davis said.

“It was really competitive and really fun, with jerseys and helmets,” Davis said.

The Hawkeyes have several area offers out to 2009 and 2010 recruits.

Marion offensive lineman Drew Clark, a senior, has offers from Iowa and Iowa State. According to Marion coach Tony Perkins, Clark would like to make his decision this week, perhaps as early as Friday after he returns from a family vacation. Clark, a guard and defensive tackle for the Indians, had an uncle, Craig, played tight end for the Hawkeyes from 1984-87.

The Hawkeyes have also offered Sioux City Heelan running back Brandon Wegher, who also has an offer from Penn State.

Also Monday, the Hawkeyes lost out on West Des Moines Valley tight end Conor Boffeli, who picked Iowa State, according to

For the 2010 class, Iowa already has a commitment from Solon linebacker James Morris. The Hawkeyes also have offered Cedar Rapids Washington running back Andre Dawson and Iowa City High linebacker A.J. Derby. Also in Iowa, the Hawkeyes have offered Harlan defensive lineman Matt Hoch.

Also Wednesday, the Hawkeyes lost out on West Des Moines Valley tight end Conor Boffeli, who picked Iowa State, according to



  1. Cotton sounds like he has things in perspective and also sounds competitive. I like that. Thanks for sharing tomorrow’s story Marc.

  2. Hey, driving back from a funeral in Wisconsin we drove by the Anamosa course at about sundown. I took a quick look for a certain black-n-gold golf cart.

  3. […] 29 — This is WR Jordan Cotton getting behind Kyle Steinbrecher (I believe). Remember, Cotton committed to the Hawkeyes when it wasn’t […]

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